TIFFIN UNIVERSITY, Tiffin, OH—Veterans commit suicide at an alarming rate of 20 per day – surpassing the civilian suicide rate in 2008. Tiffin University’s Diane Kidd Gallery will host an exhibit and opening reception for veteran-inspired artwork entitled “Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaborations (EVAC),” on Sat., Oct. 7, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and light refreshments will be served.
Curated by Gallery Director Lee Fearnside, Assistant Professor of Art Joe Van Kerkhove, and Assistant Professor of Chemistry John Schupp, EVAC works to combat the isolation common to veterans, and to bridge the sometimes precarious gap between military and civilian life through stories and art.
Twenty-one veterans, who served during WWII through Iraq and Afghanistan, were interviewed by 22 artists from all over the country and Denmark about their military experiences. These veterans and their stories were paired with artists who made an edition of prints based on their interpretation of what they heard.
“EVAC is about the art of interpretation,” said Fearnside. “Veterans tell their life experiences as a series of stories and responses to prompted questions. Artists distill interviews, with durations ranging from 30 minutes to 4 hours, down to a single image. Viewers will see the image and excerpts from the interviews side by side.
An auction of the art, proceeds of which will benefit four veteran charities: Fisher House, Homes for our Troops, the Women in Military Service Memorial and Tiffin University Veteran’s Program, is in the developing stages.
For additional information, contact Gallery Director Lee Fearnside at: