News & Events
August 16, 2006
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The National Vietnam War Museum will host
a special art exhibit of more than fifty works provided and selected by
the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago. This deeply
stirring presentation will feature in-country photographs and
contemporary prints by sixteen American veterans who served in Southeast
Asia from 1962 – 1971.
With the artistic assistance of
Curatorial Consultant Colette Lemmon and technical assistance of Mike
Endy, Dean of Humanities, Fine Arts and Business at Weatherford College,
Weatherford, Texas, the exhibition will open to the public on October
21, 2006 at 11:00 am in Texas Hall at the Marjorie Black Alkek Fine Arts
Center of Weatherford College, Weatherford, Texas, continuing through
November 19, 2006. The public is invited to attend the opening
reception, to be held at 11:00 a.m. on October 21, in Texas Hall.
"The artwork was created by Vietnam
veteran artists, representing several military branches, and specialties
such as infantry, mortuary lab technician, radio mechanic and helicopter
crew member, said Dr. Jim Messinger, Exhibit Coordinator and Treasurer
of the Board of Directors of the National Vietnam War Museum. "It is
with special Texas pride that the photography of Austin resident, and U.
S. Army veteran, Jim McJunkin, is included in this distinctive
collection. It is our hope that the public will visit this exhibit and
use it to better understand the tremendous emotional impact of the war
on those who fought it. This exhibition is the first in what we hope is
a series of events designed to educate the public about that most
controversial period in our history," he added.
Admission to the exhibit is $5.00 for the
general public, $4.00 for past and present military, police,
firefighters and college students, and $3.00 for anyone under 21.
Parents are urged to use discretion when bringing young children to the
exhibit, as the work contains actual images and emotional impressions of
war experiences, powerfully rendered by our soldier/artists.
The gallery will be open Wednesday
through Sunday from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Special tours may be arranged
outside of these hours, if necessary, by contacting Jim Messinger,
Exhibit Coordinator, at 940-664-3918.
Net proceeds from the exhibit will be
equitably shared between the National Vietnam War Museum, to be built in
Parker County about 15 miles west of Weatherford on Highway 180, and the
National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago to benefit the missions
of these different but complementary institutions.
The National Vietnam War Museum is
fortunate to have the opportunity to serve as the inaugural venue for
this compelling exhibit. After leaving Weatherford, the exhibit will
travel to Oklahoma City, OK
Reproductions of the works featured in
the exhibition may be purchased from the National Vietnam Veterans Art
Museum, Chicago, IL, www.nvvam.org.
The Board of Directors of the National
Vietnam War Museum is currently involved in a campaign to raise $25
million for the construction of the museum on a 12-acre site on Highway
180 about 15 miles west of Weatherford. The museum will be an
educational institution whose mission is to promote an understanding of
The Vietnam era while honoring those who served.
To be involved with this project, contact
The National Vietnam War Museum,
P. O. Box 146, Mineral Wells, TX 76068,
or online at
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