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Veterans Exhibit At Maine College Of Art

Veterans Exhibit at Maine College of Art

Posted: 2014-06-05

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ART // SERVICE Artist-Veterans at Maine College of Art
 
Portland, Me. ~ Art and military service have always co-existed, sometimes in parallel, sometimes crossing over, and sometimes at odds. The exhibition ART // SERVICE of artist-veterans work, either current students or alumni of Maine College of Art, will run from June 27-July 18 at 522 Congress Street, in the Artists at Work gallery. The opening will be, appropriately, July 4, from 5-8 P.M.
 
The exhibition is about service, war, peace, and art as therapeutic work for both the artist-veterans who make it and the community in which it exists. This show includes the work of Ren Albon '14, United States Navy; Peter Buotte MFA '05, United States Army; Lesley Corbett '13, United States Army; Evan Poole '15, United States Army; Frederick Twombly '15, United States Army; Patrick Scholz '15, United States Marine Corps; Phil Stevens '91, United States Army; and David Thomas '68, United States Army.Much of the military art we recognize and know is monuments to the fallen. “Our Lady of Victories” watches over Monument Square in Portland. Paid for by the Portland Soldiers and Sailors Association, the inscription reads, “Portland/To Her Sons Who Died/For The Union.” 
 
However, the military also has a history of recruiting artists. The work of these soldier artists ranged from recording combat and battle scenes to the work of “The Ghost Army” in World War II, a special tactical unit that through deception saved thousands of Allied lives. (Ellsworth Kelly and Art Kane served in this unit.) This exhibit shows the work of artists both during and after military service.
 
 
ART // SERVICE : a show of work by MECA students and alumni who are veterans
 
WHAT: ART // SERVICE a show of work by veteran-artists who are current students or 
 
alumni of Maine College of Art
 
WHEN: Opening, Friday, July 4, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
 
WHERE: Artists at Work Gallery, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress Street, Portland, 
 
ARTISTS: 
 
Ren Albon '14, United States Navy
 
Peter Buotte MFA '05, United States Army
 
Lesley Corbett '13, United States Army 
 
Evan Poole '15, United States Army
 
Frederick Twombly '15, United States Army
 
Patrick Scholz '15, United States Marine Corps 
 
Phil Stevens '91, United States Army
 
David Thomas '68, United States Army
 
 
Artists will be present and available for interviews. This Opening is open to all media. For more information contact Raffi Der Simonian at rdersimonian@meca.edu