National Veterans Art Museum
We are proud to announce the National Veterans Art Museum has opened it's first satellite gallery at Hope Manor Apartments!
Curatorial Statement for Hope Manor by Ted Stanuga
In “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” a sailor breaks the unbreakable law of the sea and murders an albatross, the carrier of mythic truths and goodness in every sailor’s heart. As punishment for this transgression, the sailor was given an eternal life forced to retell his murderous act to everyone that meets the glint in his eye.
The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) exists to recount stories; its existence evolves with every new work of art and new veteran that is admitted to the collection. I chose the works for the walls at Hope Manor to ignite the energy it takes to summon and retell these stories. NVAM founder Joe Fornelli’s piece “Going Home Early,” a work done with stains produced by coffee grounds--and done in country probably within minutes of seeing that stretcher go by--is just such a piece. How many of the residents at Hope Manor will remember just such a moment from their deployments and how many stories will get told as a result of these memories?
The NVAM was founded in 1981, when a few Vietnam combat veterans put together an artistic and historical collection that would become a timeless, humanistic statement of war on behalf of all veterans for future generations. Although much has changed since its inception, the mission of the NVAM remains the same: to inspire a greater understanding of the real impact of war through the collection and preservation of art inspired by combat and created by veterans.