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2020 EVAC: Experiencing Veterans & Artist Collaborations

November 1 – December 20, 2020

EVAC Prooject

Using storytelling and art, the EVAC Project bridges the gap between civilians and veterans by educating the public about life in the military. EVAC curators interview veterans from all five branches of the armed forces, who served from WWII through the post-9/11 period. Printmakers interpret the audio recording of a veterans’ personal military experience. The resulting prints are displayed with excerpts of the veterans’ transcribed audio, so that the viewers can relate the artistic interpretations to the veterans’ story. The process of storytelling and interpretation central to EVAC makes it a project uniquely positioned to promote empathy from multiple groups – the artist and viewer for the veteran’s experience, and the veteran for the artist’s realization of their stories.

Curated by Professor Lee Fearnside,
Professor Joe Van Kerkhove, Dr. John Schupp

Welcome Message

Pennsylvania State Representative Karen Boback
Dr. Kathleen Owens, Interim President, Misericordia University

Free Public Programs

11/5 11:45am-12:20pm: Curator Lee Fearnside, Artist Emily Sullivan-Smith, and Veteran Kirsten Battocchio will talk about the creative collaborative processes of visualizing veterans' stories.

11/10 and 11/17, 11:45am-12:20pm: 2-part visualization workshop with Joseph Van Kerkhove (EVAC Co-Curator and artist)

Part 1 is on November 10. EVAC Co-Curator and featured artist Joseph Van Kerkhove will lead participants through the process of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) as the first step of transforming veterans' stories into visual images. Participants will then listen to an audio excerpt from one participating veteran’s interview, and have a break between sessions to create 3 sketches of interpretations of the story excerpt they heard.

Part 2 is on November 17. Students will present their sketches, and EVAC Co-Curators will lead a group critique of the students’ work, focusing on process and next steps. You do not need a Zoom account to register - simply navigate to the url from any desktop, laptop or mobile device


11/12, 11:45am-12:20pm: Art during and about Vietnam – Lee Fearnside, Sarah Forgey (U.S. Army Art Collection

EVAC Co-Curator Lee Fearnside and Sarah Forgey, curator of the Army Art Collection at the US Army Center of Military History will talk about oral histories and visual interpretations of veterans' stories.

You do not need a Zoom account to register - simply navigate to the url from any desktop, laptop or mobile device.



EVAC Gratitude Wall

In conjunction with the exhibition we are inviting Misericordia University campus and community to submit a virtual note of thanks to our veterans. Please accompany your thanks with an image of something you are able to experience or have, thanks to the service of our veterans.

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