Photo Source: School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois–(ENEWSPF)–October 11, 2016 – The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) is hosting an opening of the CreatiVets veteran art exhibit on Friday, October 21, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. This opening event will feature an exhibit of art created by veterans in CreatiVets Intro to Art for Veterans course at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as a special meet and greet with country singer-songwriter Luke Pell from ABC’s The Bachelorette. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held at the NVAM facility at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
CreatiVets, an Illinois nonprofit that provides combat disabled veterans with opportunities to use art and music to heal their unseen wounds, recently completed the second year of its veteran art program in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). The program teaches veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury to use conceptual-based art and techniques in ceramics, photography and painting as tools for coping with stress, depression and anxiety. Fifteen veterans from across the United States have participated in this three-week intensive course. Visit https://vimeo.com/184878297 for more information about the course and the veterans’ experience.
The exhibit featuring art created by veterans in the CreatiVets program will be on display at NVAM through October 29, 2016. CreatiVets and SAIC are honored by opportunity the NVAM has provided these veterans in sharing their artwork and stories with the community.
About the National Veterans Art Museum
Located in Chicago IL, the National Veterans Art Museum’s (NVAM) comprehensive permanent collection of combat inspired art comprises over 2,500 pieces and includes art from the time of World War II to the present day. The collection was built to evoke an understanding of the impact of combat on the individuals who served as well as our society at large.
While the NVAM is one of the only museums in the world to collect and exhibit artwork exclusively created by veterans in a permanent exhibition, it also provides important programming for veterans, their families, and the community. For more information about the National Veterans Art Museum, visit www.nvam.org, or call 312-326-0270.
CreatiVets provides disabled veterans with the opportunity to use art, music and creative writing to address the psychological and emotional needs that arise from combat-related trauma. CreatiVets’ art and songwriting programs provide veterans with a one-on-one experience with a veteran facilitator who has faced similar challenges, making it more comfortable for the veteran participants to share their story. CreatiVets’ goal is to empower veterans with tools they can use for the rest of their lives to combat stress, depression and other side effects of war. For more information about CreatiVets, visit www.creativets.org, or call 704-425-2292.
About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, Jeff Koons, and LeRoy Neiman.
About Luke Pell
Known for capturing hearts across America on Season 12 of ABC’s hit television series The Bachelorette, country singer-songwriter and military veteran Luke Pell has a heart for helping veterans through the healing power of music and songwriting. Pell attended The United States Military Academy at West Point, and during his time in college, he found an escape from the stress and demands of everyday life in his guitar. After graduating, serving in the Army for five years, spending two years in the oil sector at Chesapeake Energy, and becoming an entrepreneur in residential real estate, Pell came to the realization that his true passion was in songwriting. Currently residing in Nashville, Pell continues to chase his dream while collaborating with established songwriters including country music superstar Cole Swindell, Jaron Boyer, Brandon Kinney, Ash Bowers, and more. He also volunteers with the CreatiVets veteran songwriting program, working with combat-disabled veterans to write songs that capture their experience and help heal their unseen wounds of war.