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ABOVE and BEYOND Campaign

 
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ABOVE and BEYOND Campaign

On 1/11/11 The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) announced its ABOVE and BEYOND Campaign. Named after the famed 10 X 40 foot installation piece entitled ABOVE and BEYOND - this memorial is comprised of more than 58,000 imprinted dog tags representing each of the service men and women who died in the Viet Nam War.

It is the only permanent Viet Nam War memorial other than “The Wall” in Washington, D.C., to list all those killed in action. It is located in and owned by the NVAM. We encourage you to visit this one of a kind museum and help us preserve it for future generations.

We are excited to be moving in 2012 to a larger faculty in Chicago. A donation to The Above and Campaign will help us move, protect and preserve this memorial as well as more than 2,000 works of art in the museum’s permanent collection.

Won’t you please sponsor a dog tag in the ABOVE and BEYOND memorial at just $10 each? You can dedicate your sponsorship to honor and in memory of a veteran or loved one. To sponsor dog tags please visit http://www.nvam.org or you can send a check to NVAM - Above and Campaign, 1801 S. Indiana Ave., 3rd floor, Chicago, IL 60616.

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PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Sarah Eilefson
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April 11, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIONAL VETERANS ART MUSEUM STAY IN SOUTH LOOP EXTENDED

Museum Near Finalizing New Site Plans for a Fall 2012 Grand Reopening

Chicago, Ill. (April 2012) – In support of the National Veterans Art Museum’s (NVAM) efforts to remain in the city of Chicago, the Chicago Park District has extended the NVAM’s use agreement in the South Loop through November 30, 2012. The original agreement, which was signed in May of 2009, would have required the cultural institution to vacate the 3rd floor of the building located at 1801 S. Indiana Avenue by April 30, 2012.

The NVAM has been located at that location since 1996 and hopes to remain in Chicago. The desire to keep the NVAM in the city led to 11th Ward Alderman James Balcer, a leader in supporting veterans, to work with the Chicago Park District’s First Deputy General Counsel and Legislative Director Timothy King to negotiate the extension, which was officially confirmed by King on April 6, 2012.

Of the extension, NVAM Executive Director Levi Moore said, “In addition to the Chicago Park District and Alderman Balcer, we have received great support during this transition from 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti’s Office, William Schmutz of the City of Chicago’s Commission on Human Rights Advisory Council on Veterans Affairs, the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance and the Near South Planning Board.” The NVAM’s Board of Directors Vice Chairman Ron Gibbs added, “This additional seven months will allow us to engage in some final due diligence on the two sites we have targeted for our new home, both of which are in the city of Chicago. It will also allow us more time to raise the requisite funds to relocate and plan for new sponsorship initiatives.”

According to Moore, “In the next few weeks, the decision will be made that will have the NVAM going in one of two directions. Ideally, the museum would be part of what would be known as the Veterans Cultural Center of Chicago, a multi-organizational, veteran-centric complex. But, we are also looking at a viable alternative where we would be more of a stand-alone operation. There is also a possibility that the NVAM will have significant presences in both locations.”

For more information on the Veterans Cultural Center of Chicago, please visit: http://www.veteransculturalcenterofchicago.org.

About the National Veterans Art Museum
Formerly the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, the National Veterans Art Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. No other gallery in the world focuses on the subject of war from an artistic perspective, making this collection truly unique. The National Veterans Art Museum addresses both historical and contemporary issues related to military service in order to give patrons of all backgrounds insight into the effects of war and to provide veterans an artistic outlet to work through their military and combat experiences.

The National Veterans Art Museum is located at 1801 S. Indiana Avenue, Third Floor, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are id=“mce_marker"0.00 general admission and $7.00 seniors and students. Admission is free for veterans and active military and their dependents. For group admission reservations, call the museum at 312/326-0270 or visit http://www.nvam.org.

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PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Sarah Eilefson
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June 26, 2012

NATIONAL VETERANS ART MUSEUM ANNOUNCES NEW LOCATION

History-Rich Art Institution to Remain in Chicago with Plans for Growth

Chicago, Ill. (June 2012) – On Monday, June 25, 2012, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) signed a lease to continue its presence in the city of Chicago at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Although the lease will start on October 1, 2012, the NVAM plans to publicly debut its new home in the Six Corners neighborhood on Veterans Day, November 11, 2012.

The NVAM has had a Chicago arts presence since 1981, but it opened its first and current home at 1801 S. Indiana in Chicago’s South Loop Prairie Historic District neighborhood in 1996 when then Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley determined that the museum needed a permanent home. The permanent home location helped the NVAM thrive, but it later proved to be financially challenging for the organization. These challenges ultimately led to the Chicago Park District taking over ownership and management of the building with the museum holding a use agreement with the Park District. That use agreement initially ended in April of 2012, but was extended to the end of this year. The additional time allowed the museum to negotiate and finalize moving to the Six Corners location.

Six Corners Site a Locus of Arts and Culture

NVAM Executive Director Levi Moore said, “After evaluating sites for more than a year, the Six Corners property in the Portage Park neighborhood just consistently kept coming out on top as the best fit for us in what we consider the next step in our evolution. We are going to be a part of a neighborhood committed to using cultural arts as a tool for neighborhood revitalization, which totally fits our strategic pillars of creating innovative art experiences, serving as a resource for art therapists and educational and international outreach. To do that, we need strong partners and we will have them through entities like Alderman John Arena’s office, the Arts Alive 45 organization, the Filament Theatre Company, the various community and business organizations and, hopefully, the Portage Park Theater.”

On the NVAM’s relocation to his Ward, Alderman John Arena stated, “I’m honored to have such a venerable institution come to the 45th Ward. This is exactly the type of cultural attraction we need to further the redevelopment of Six Corners. We welcome the museum with open arms.”

Cyd Smillie, President of Alderman John Arena’s 45th Ward Arts Alive/45 group stated, “I consider the NVAM a welcome addition to the neighborhood, especially in terms of contributing to the value of school trips to the area.” Smillie added, “Coupling the Filament Theatre’s performance space downstairs with the NVAM’s art gives both organizations the opportunity to really develop beyond just the experience of looking at the art. There will be the facilities and personnel to really explore some of the ideas in additional ways that makes a field trip even more meaningful.” Arts Alive/45 is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating change through art to strengthen northwest Chicago neighborhoods.

Both Smillie and NVAM General Manager Ted Stanuga noted the availability of public transportation options and parking spaces in the Portage Park neighborhood which surrounds the Six Corners property should benefit the NVAM. Smillie also indicated the location’s proximity to the city’s interstate highways and the fact that it is surrounded by seven public schools, two high schools, three universities and several parochial schools should boost NVAM’s admissions.

Stanuga added, “Relocating to the Six Corners area will enable us to expand our traditional outreach to Chicago Public School students and area community and veteran groups in addition to jump-starting our new efforts to connect with colleges and universities.” Finally, NVAM Board Chairman Mike Helbing stated, “We think our new home will be a popular cultural addition that students, families and organizations in the Six Corners area will take advantage of.”

Fundraising Efforts Continue

In order to ensure the successful relocation from the South Loop to Portage Park, the NVAM has initiated a capital campaign and fundraising efforts, including seeking corporate naming rights for two of the major art galleries. For more information or to donate, contact Paulette Boyd at 312-388-0310 or visit http://www.nvam.org.

About the National Veterans Art Museum

Formerly the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, the National Veterans Art Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. No other gallery in the world focuses on the subject of war from an artistic perspective, making this collection truly unique. The National Veterans Art Museum addresses both historical and contemporary issues related to military service in order to give patrons of all backgrounds insight into the effects of war and to provide veterans an artistic outlet to work through their military and combat experiences.

The National Veterans Art Museum is located at 1801 S. Indiana Avenue, Third Floor, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 general admission and $7.00 seniors and students. Admission is free for veterans and active military and their dependents. For group admission reservations, call the Museum at 312/326-0270 or visit http://www.nvam.org.

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Closing Reception on September 22, 2012 at 1801 S. Indiana Avenue

On September 22, 2012, the National Veterans Art Museum will hold a reception to mark the closing of their location since 1996 at 1801 S. Indiana Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Please join veteran-artists, NVAM staff and volunteers, and Friends of the NVAM to honor 16 fantastic years in Chicago’s South Loop and to recognize the contributions of so many important individuals.

From 1 - 5 p.m. on September 22, the NVAM will be free and open to the public, with special programming from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. and time for remarks to follow. This will be the last day the NVAM’s South Loop location will be open to the public, so come by one last time to see Overlooked / Looked Over, Radical Vulnerability, Small Works from the Permanent Collection, and Dominic Fredianelli’s mural installation War Made A New Me.


Opening Reception on Veterans Day 2012 at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue

On Veterans Day, November 11, 2012, the National Veterans Art Museum will hold a reception to celebrate the opening of their new location at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. The NVAM will be free and open to the public from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. and will offer light refreshments, artist talks, and the opening of a brand new show. This is the first chance for the public to see our new space and our newest installation.

Details on both events to follow, but be sure to mark your calendars today.

Note: the National Veterans Art Museum will be closed to the public from September 23, 2012 through November 10, 2012.

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Veterans Day, November 11, 2012 Opening Reception - Portage Park

The NVAM will reopen at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, on the second floor, with a new show for Veterans Day, November 11, 2012. Admission will be free all day with light refreshments and artist and curators talks from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. The new show, entitled Welcome Home, will put the art of Vietnam veteran artist Dr. Charles Smith in dialogue with art by Iraq veteran Ash Kyrie.

NVAM founder and Chief Preparator Joe Fornelli noted the historic importance of the move, stating, “When we first established the NVAM (as the Vietnam Veterans Art Group in 1982), open dialogue over the role of veterans, especially veteran artists, was hard to come by. It’s a testament to society’s appreciation—and understanding—of the veteran’s sacrifice and experience that we will be able to relocate in our new home this Veterans Day.” Moore adds, “We are grateful for the support of individuals and organizations in the Portage Park neighborhood, especially Alderman John Arena, ArtsAlive45, the Filament Theatre and the Portage Park Theatre, who have gone above and beyond in expressing enthusiasm and support for our relocation efforts. We look forward to continuing to inspire a greater understanding of the real impact of war through the experience of art in a space that will more easily facilitate student and tour groups.”

About the National Veterans Art Museum
Formerly the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, the National Veterans Art Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. No other gallery in the world focuses on the subject of war from an artistic perspective, making this collection truly unique. The National Veterans Art Museum addresses both historical and contemporary issues related to military service in order to give patrons of all backgrounds insight into the effects of war and to provide veterans an artistic outlet to work through their military and combat experiences.

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The National Veterans Art Museum Opening Reception: Welcome Home

The passing of trauma from one generation to another leaves physical and psychological scars on survivors that has ramifications for decades.

Welcome Home is the customary message given to soldiers returning from war. After this initial greeting, familiarity dissolves and the traumas of war surface. Veterans set out to relearn the world they left behind and their family meets a transformed person.

In this joint exhibition, Dr. Charles Smith, a Vietnam veteran, and Ash Kyrie, an Iraq veteran, begin a dialog that explores the disconnect between civilians and the war being conducted in their name, and reveal their shared relationship to the perpetuation of trauma across generations.

Welcome Home is a part of IN WAR, a series of events, art shows, and performances that explores the continued rupturing of trauma in everyday America.

Please join us on Veterans Day, November 11, 2012 to celebrate the opening of our new location at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois and the unveiling of Welcome Home. The NVAM will be free and open to the public from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. and will offer light refreshments, artist talks, and the opening of a brand new show.

http://www.nvam.org/

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PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Sarah Eilefson
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November 5, 2012

NATIONAL VETERANS ART MUSEUM ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING AT NEW LOCATION

Museum Celebrates Veterans Day with Free Reception and New Exhibition, Welcome Home

Chicago, Ill. (November 2012) – The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) will honor Veterans Day, November 11, 2012 with the grand opening of their new location at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. and the unveiling of a new exhibition, Welcome Home. Alderman John Arena, State Senator Iris Y. Martinez, State Representative Maria Antonia Berrios, Executive Director of the Adler School of Psychology Dr. Joseph Troiani, Executive Director of Military Programs at Chicago Todd Connor, and artists Dr. Charles Smith and Ash Kyrie will offer remarks honoring Veterans Day and celebrating the new location and show. The NVAM will be free and open to the public with light refreshments offered.

NVAM founder and Chief Preparator Joe Fornelli noted the historic importance of the opening in the Portage Park neighborhood, stating, “When we first established the NVAM (as the Vietnam Veterans Art Group in 1982), open dialogue over the role of veterans, especially veteran artists, was hard to come by. It’s a testament to society’s appreciation—and understanding—of the veteran’s sacrifice and experience that we will be able to relocate in our new home this Veterans Day.”

Executive Director Levi Moore added, “It’s been a privilege to work with so many dedicated community, arts, and culture enthusiasts in the Portage Park neighborhood, and we look forward to welcoming new friends and neighbors to our opening reception.” Specifically, Moore noted, “ArtsAlive45, Alderman John Arena, and community organizations including the Portage Park Theatre and the Filament Theatre Ensemble have helped make this transition as welcoming and successful as possible. We look forward to continuing to work with these great groups and individuals.”

Welcome Home features work by Dr. Charles Smith, a Vietnam veteran, and Ash Kyrie, an Iraq veteran, opening a dialogue between the experiences of veterans across generations. Welcome Home is sponsored by Paratech Incorporated and will open in the newly-inaugurated Rabb Family Foundation Gallery.

Of Welcome Home, Smith says, “This show is important because forty years after coming home from Vietnam we find ourselves coming home from another war.” Smith added, “It is an honor to show at the NVAM. It is a space of healing and a great deal of camaraderie and fellowship.”

About the National Veterans Art Museum
The National Veterans Art Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. No other gallery in the world focuses on the subject of war from an artistic perspective, making this collection truly unique. The National Veterans Art Museum addresses both historical and contemporary issues related to military service in order to give patrons of all backgrounds insight into the effects of war and to provide veterans an artistic outlet to work through their military and combat experiences.

The National Veterans Art Museum is located at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. The National Veterans Art Museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Thursdays until 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 general admission and $7.00 seniors and students. Admission is free for veterans and active military and their dependents. For group admission reservations, call the Museum at 312/326-0270 or visit http://www.nvam.org.

Patrons of the museum can access art from the permanent collection and biographical information on the artists through the NVAM Collection Online, a recently launched online and high-resolution archive of every piece of art in the museum’s permanent collection. The NVAM Collection Online can be found at http://www.nvam.org/collection-online.

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NATIONAL VETERANS ART MUSEUM ANNOUNCES NEW SHOW IN HONOR OF MEMORIAL DAY

Tenacity and Truth: People, Places and Memories Features Work from the Permanent Collection

Chicago, Ill. (May 2013) – On Saturday, May 25, 2013, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) will host the opening of Tenacity and Truth: People, Places and Memories, a brand-new exhibit showcasing works from the permanent collection. It features work that was created by artists both trained and untrained who share in the overwhelming need to express their experiences through a visual language and explores the creative process behind veteran art. Admission to the NVAM will be free all day with light refreshments offered from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Artist talks will take place throughout the afternoon.

Many of the pieces in the show have not been on exhibit for ten or more years, and include a variety of artists from all eras, including WWII, Korea, the Cold War, Vietnam, and Iraq. Gallery Coordinator Destinee Oitzinger notes that many artists discover their voice and subject matter through a creative practice; however veteran-made art often follows a different path. Oitzinger says of the works in this show: “The subject matter comes first and the artwork is made out of necessity. Most of the pieces in this collection were borne of events so powerful that the artists were compelled to harness and translate their experiences. Many have said they create because they are trying to help others understand their experiences; others admit that they use art to try to understand themselves and what they went through during their time in war. Still others hope to address the subject of war directly and expose truths that are often ignored or overlooked.” For most, art serves as the most authentic record of the human condition in all of its complexity, simplicity, horror and beauty.

The imagery found in Tenacity and Truth illustrates everything from the tediousness of everyday boredom paired with the anxiety of waiting for the next crisis; the anguish suffered by many in the aftermath of war; the imprint of landscapes both breathtaking and threatening; the faces of comrades and enemies seared into memory; and the abstracted visions that haunted many after they returned home. These paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures convey both the fragility and fortitude of the human spirit in its rawest form. Artwork of this nature can begin to articulate the unimaginable, because sometimes words are not enough.

Curator Mike Helbing comments on the challenge of curating a show of this size: “The difficulty was not in trying to find works to show, but in fact having to choose among them all. With more than 2,500 pieces in the permanent collection, I had the honor of choosing artwork that explores people, places and memories of service. These pieces serve as records of experience archived in a visual discourse. Subjects range from the adrenaline and anguish of combat to the thoughts and memories of the people to the shaping power of place. Boredom and quotidian experiences of war are represented in some. Mental strain and slippery realities appear in others. There is beauty and there is torment. Ultimately there is change. Then comes the reality of surviving the experience and finding out how different “now-you” is compared to “then-you” and how apart you are from those that were left behind in the world.”

Executive Director Levi Moore celebrates the new show in honor of Memorial Day, noting, “Memorial Day and Veterans Day are our two major opportunities each year to get new visitors through the door—it’s always a pleasure to welcome new visitors and neighbors through our doors to take a moment to appreciate the sacrifices of our veterans and to explore their experiences through the creative process of art.”

The show will be open to the public from Saturday, May 25, 2013 through May 2014. For more information, visit the museum’s website at http://www.nvam.org.

About the National Veterans Art Museum

The National Veterans Art Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. No other gallery in the world focuses on the subject of war from an artistic perspective, making this collection truly unique. The National Veterans Art Museum addresses both historical and contemporary issues related to military service in order to give patrons of all backgrounds insight into the effects of war and to provide veterans an artistic outlet to work through their military and combat experiences.

The National Veterans Art Museum is located at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. The National Veterans Art Museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free. For group admission reservations, call the Museum at 312/326-0270 or visit http://www.nvam.org.

Patrons of the museum can access art from the permanent collection and biographical information on the artists through the NVAM Collection Online, a recently launched online and high-resolution archive of every piece of art in the museum’s permanent collection. The NVAM Collection Online can be found at http://www.nvam.org/collection-online.

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Healing through art for veterans at Portage Park museum

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