NVAM Triennial & Veteran Art Summit

Summit May 2nd - 5th 2019 | Chicago Cultural Center

Exhibition May 4th - July 29th 


From the Great War through the Global War on Terror veterans have made art about their military experiences that challenges stereotypes, politics, and media portrayals. At its best, such work has driven new creative movements and transformed society. With a focus on the visual, literary, performative and creative practices of veterans, the NVAM Triennial explores a century of war and survival while challenging the perception that war is something only those who have served in the military can comprehend. Throughout history art has provided a frame to create meaning out of the complicated experience of war, seek justice, and imagine reconciliation. The NVAM Triennial draws on this history to connect veteran artists today with the history of veteran creative practices and their impact on society over the past century.

The Veteran Art Summit will bring veteran artists from across the United States together to strengthen the emerging veteran art movement. Exploring what it means to be an artist and a veteran today, attendees will learn from their peers through presentations, workshops, panels, and discussions. The Summit will also offer leadership development programs, job training, and collaborative and networking opportunities.

The NVAM Triennial and Veteran Art Summit is for service members, veterans, military families, and the broader society to reflect upon, and cope with, the experiences, histories, and present realities of war.

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