To bridge the gap between the perception and the reality of the veteran experience, the National Veterans Art Museum offers a place where all can experience art inspired by military service. NVAM provides both a physical and emotional space for veterans and civilians of all ages to come gain a new appreciation for how military service can impact a lifetime.

 

Upcoming Events

Open House Chicago
Saturday October 19 | 10:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday October 20 | 10:00AM-5:00PM

The National Veterans Art Museum welcomes Open House Chicago visitors to see the International-Style building featuring 50-foot-wide column-free interiors or our home of the Portage Lofts Arts Center.

Quilts of Valor Chicago Chapter Sew-in
Saturday October 19 | 12:00-4:00PM

Join the Chicago Chapter of Quilts of Valor for our monthly sew-in. No quilting or sewing experience necessary and all sewing skill levels appreciated! The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Honeycomb Project Family Volunteer Day
Sunday October 20 | 2:00-3:30PM

Using the exhibitions for inspiration, families will create art for veterans! Join us to explore works of art and meet a veteran artist providing a unique and personal perspective on the subject of war. Learn easy print-making techniques to make handmade block-print cards to bring cheer to veterans receiving treatment and services at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Your work at this project provides a sense of community support and appreciation for veterans in our Chicago community.

Veteran Artist: Art Practice as Lived Practice
Lecture at Northern Illinois University Art Museum
Altgeld Hall, 125 | 595 College Ave, DeKalb, IL 60115
Thursday October 24 | 5:00PM-6:30PM

Moki Tantoco of the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago shares exemplary models of art practice for veterans.

Veterans Day 2019
Monday November 11 | 11:00AM-4:00PM

NVAM will have special open hours to visitors in honor of our veteran community. Join us to celebrate our military service members. We will have drop-in activities during the day including guided tours of the current exhibition and poppy making workshops.

11:00AM - Guided Tour of Back to The Nam with current exhibition artist, US Army Veteran Maurice Costello.

1:00PM - Poppy Making Workshop

2:00PM - Guided Tour of Back to The Nam with current exhibition artist, US Army Veteran Maurice Costello.

 

Get Involved

Share Your Sweets!
Honeycomb Project Family Volunteer Day
Sunday November 3 | 2:00-3:30PM
Register through the Honeycomb Project

Who doesn’t love a sweet treat? Head to the National Veterans Art Museum to learn more about the experience of serving our country. Bring your Halloween candy to donate and create handmade cards to show support to our troops serving overseas.

Using the exhibitions for inspiration, your family will create handmade block-print cards that will be sent, along with your candy donations, to active duty military service members around the world. Registration opens October 15th.

Quilts of Valor Chicago Chapter Sew-in
Saturday November 16 | 12:00-4:00PM
Saturday December 14 | 12:00-4:00PM

Join the Chicago Chapter of Quilts of Valor for our monthly sew-in. No quilting or sewing experience necessary and all sewing skill levels appreciated! The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.


Honeycomb Project Family Volunteer Day
Sunday December 22 | 2:00-3:30PM
Register through the Honeycomb Project

Using the exhibitions for inspiration, families will create art for veterans! Join us to explore works of art and meet a veteran artist providing a unique and personal perspective on the subject of war. Learn easy print-making techniques to make handmade block-print cards to bring cheer to veterans receiving treatment and services at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Your work at this project provides a sense of community support and appreciation for veterans in our Chicago community. Registration opens November 15th.

Current Exhibits

Maurice Costello: Back to "The Nam"

August 17, 2019 - January 25, 2020

Maurice Costello: Back to "The Nam", features artwork by Vietnam veteran and artist Maurice Costello. The works featured in “Back to ‘The NAM'” depict personal recollections and sometimes haunting images that lay bare the emotions that have never before been shared by the aging combatant and provide a deeper introspection into the horror that is war. This collection of Costello’s work provides a vivid representation of the evolution and breadth of his approach to art and life.

Learn more here!

Selections from the NVAM Collection

Begun in 1981 as a traveling exhibit of the Vietnam Veterans Art Group, predecessor of the National Veterans Art Museum, the NVAM Permanent Collection has grown to over 2,500 works of art created by more than 250 artists, all veterans of conflicts from World War II to Afghanistan. The current exhibit features artists Cleveland Wright, Helen White, Charles Shobe, Jack Chevalier, John Plunkett, Jerry Frech, Bill Dugan, Richard Olsen, and more.

 
 
     
 

 

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