Whether crafting, performing, cooking, writing, or painting, art has the dynamic power to alleviate stress, build connections, and even stimulate recovery. For veterans and active duty service-members, art affords an outlet through which they can articulate – and process – what they experienced during their service.
From November 5-9th, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) will host a Veteran Art Showcase. This series of cultural events highlights art and artists with a focus on the myriad experiences of military veterans. The five-day Showcase begins a yearlong commemoration of VHP’s 20th anniversary, and will be held in the Library of Congress Jefferson Building, located at 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC. The schedule is as follows:
Tues., Nov. 5
Craft in America Ceramic Demonstration, 9 am- LJG-51
Ceramic artists Matthew Krousey, Judas Recendez, and Ehren Tool participate in a clay throwing demonstration. While throwing, Tool will engage in conversation on the experience of service and war. He will share his pieces with military connected audience members.
Tues., Nov. 5
Craft in America: Veteran Potters Panel Discussion, 5 pm- Whitall Pavilion
Artists Judas Recendez, Matthew Krousey, and Ehren Tool will discuss their ceramic art and process in relation to their military service. The panel will be moderated by Carol Sauvion, creator and co-executive producer of the PBS series Craft in America.
Weds., Nov. 6
Occupational Poetry, 1pm- Room LJ-119
Poets Bill Jones, Vess Quinlan, Jerry Brooks and Meezie Hermansen recite some of their work related to their profession, and participate in a panel discussion. The panel will be moderated by John Fenn, Head of Research and Programs at the American Folklife Center.
Thurs. Nov. 7
Combat Paper, 11 am- Whitall Pavilion
Veterans and civilians discuss the process and experience of paper-making and printmaking as a creative outlet in a panel featuring Tara Tappert, Drew Matott, Ruth Lynne McIntosh and Patrick Sargent. The panel will be moderated by Katherine Blood, Curator of Fine Prints at the Prints and Library’s Photographs Division.
The Telling Project, 7pm- Great Hall
An autobiographical performance of “She Went to War,” featuring four female veterans, all of whom experienced significant combat exposure while serving in the military.
Sat. Nov. 9
Operation Song and Jamie Fox Perform Live, 7pm- Coolidge Auditorium
Tennessee-based not-for-profit program “Operation Song” performs a selection of songs written by and about veterans, active duty service members and their loved ones. Jamie Fox, an Air Force veteran and Metis fiddler of the Aaniih and Nakoda tribes performs tunes that were derived from a mixture of Celtic, French, and Native American cultures.
The Veteran Art Showcase is free of charge, and open to the public; however, due to expected demand, tickets are recommended and available on a first –come, first served basis. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/library-of-congress-11132539071 or VHP’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vetshistoryproject.
Request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].
We look forward to seeing you there!
I would like to attend the 9am pottery throwing and talk with Ehron Tool. Do I need to reserve a spot?
Thanks very much for your interest! We will add you to the list for Tuesday’s pottery throwing in LJG-51.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
I am happy to see these proud and successful veteran artists in the spotlight. As a follower of Ehren Tool I am especially happy for him to get more of the attention that his work deserves.
Hi Kay, Thanks so much for reading and for your comments about veteran artists! This blog post was for our program last year. You can watch the potters panel discussion at //www.loc.gov/item/webcast-8995/ You may also enjoy viewing Ehren’s VHP collection at //memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.110299/
Hope to “see” you at some of this year’s 20th anniversary virtual programing!