Oceanside CA— Healing Journeys: Veterans and Artists Unite, opening May 27, 2017, is a special veterans-focused exhibition series that demonstrates the power of art and the creative process as a means to hope and healing.
Ted Meyer’s 16-year project Scarred for Life is a graphic, yet beautiful depiction of altered bodies and the resulting scars. Artistically enhanced monoprints taken directly from scarred skin are accompanies by Meyer’s photographs and stories written by his subjects. Meyer has been featured on NPR and in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and USA Today. As Artist in Residence at USC Keck School of Medicine, he curates exhibitions of artwork by patients whose subject matter coincides with medical school curriculum.
Steve Dilley, director of The Veterans’ Art Project (VetArt), is the creative force behind Meaning in Bronze, an exhibition featuring artworks from VetArt that utilize the multi-stage process of bronze casting to teach art-making skills and create opportunities for veterans to share stories of their experiences. The resulting sculptures provide a powerful tool for educating the broader community about veterans’ issues.
Artist Trinh Mai’s family fled a fallen Saigon in 1975 and arrived in America as refugees. A Time to Heal is a socially engaged art project intended to provide a safe and creative space for military service members. Letters from veterans reflecting on hardship and healing have been incorporated into “war wounds” that participants, working with Mai, created using various materials.
“Healing Journeys: Veterans & Artists Unite is an example of how the arts are valuable in contributing to the health of a community. We are proud to provide a platform where veterans, artists, and other members of our community, along with our valued partners, can come together to make a positive impact on people’s lives,” said OMA Executive Director Maria Mingalone.
A Blue Star Museum located adjacent to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Oceanside Museum of Art partnered with veterans’ groups and community resources to support veterans and their families beyond the exhibition itself.
Community partners include the offices of Senator Dianne Feinstein, Assembly member Rocky Chavez, and Supervisor Bill Horn; University of California San Diego; Veterans Association of North County; Vets’ Community Connections; Mira Costa College; Mira Costa Veteran Services; Oceanside Chamber of Commerce; Veterans Art Project; The Artist Odyssey; Trinh Mai Studios; Chrome Digital; Community Engagement; Grand Central Art Center; and J. Grant Brittain Photography.
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