Prairie State College Hosts Veteran Art from the Battlefield - Healing the Wounds of War Through the Arts Exhibit [11/4/2022]
Prairie State College (PSC) is hosting Veteran Art from the Battlefield, works of art courtesy of the CreatiVets Program at the Christopher Art Gallery on the main campus at 202 South Halsted St in Chicago Heights, from November 7 through December 7. The college will also host an Artist’s Reception on Thursday, November 10, from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in coordination with a Veterans Day ceremony.
CreatiVets has partnered with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a three-week art program at no cost to the veteran. During those three weeks, veterans have access to studios and the equipment at the school to learn how to create pieces of art, some of which are currently shown in the exhibit.
“Art, in general, has a role in people's lives in which it can provide healing,” Christopher Art Gallery Director Beth Shadur said. “It’s particularly poignant that this work comes from these experiences of war that are very difficult to articulate. You can articulate it verbally, but if you have another outlet, it can be very cathartic and a good outlet for someone to express themselves. The CreatiVets program gave them the tools to do that.”
Veterans with art in the exhibit include Sheila Bowersox, Chris Bickell, Greg Dennie, Bryon Crawley, Adrian Ortiz, Rebecca Fenton, and Simon Butusov.
Guided tours of the CreatiVets exhibit at PSC, and future exhibits are available for groups of 10 or more. Call Beth Shadur at (708) 709-7738 or email email@example.com to schedule a tour.
The Gallery is free and open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. except for
days the college is closed.
For more information, visit prairiestate.edu/christopher-art-gallery. To learn more about CreatiVets, visit the CreatiVets website.