Veteran’s Day 2013 — Opening Reception for Esprit de Corps

Please join us on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013 for the opening reception of Esprit de Corps, an exhibition highlighting the spirit of creative resilience.

esprit-2Admission to the NVAM will be free from 12 p.m. through 9 p.m. with light refreshments offered from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please see the Press Release for the exhibition HERE.

A keynote address will commence at 6 p.m. by Dr. Jack M. Bulmash, Hospital Chief of Staff of the Hines VA Hospital.

At 7:30 p.m., patrons are invited downstairs to the Filament Theatre Company for the premiere of Veterans’ Voices, a documentary performance by Erasing the Distance.

Esprit de Corps is taken from the French and means “spirit of the body”—in military contexts, it refers to group morale, “the capacity of a group of people to pull together persistently and consistently in pursuit of a common purpose.” Featuring art by nine veterans of Vietnam, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terror, Esprit de Corps traces the process and roles of therapeutic art from the act of initial perception through expression of experience to an ultimate communal sharing and understanding of the real impact of war.

Featured artists in Esprit de Corps include Vietnam veterans Joe Fornelli, Benjamin Suarez, Thomas GilbertsonTed Gostas and Rick Williams and post-9/11 veterans Jerry Frech, Jonathan Hancock, Peter Sullivan, and Erica Slone.

Veterans’ Voices will be performed on November 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. The NVAM will be free and open to the public from 10 a.m. through 7:30 p.m. on November 12, 13, 19 and 20.


This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

This program partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.