Exhibitions

We’re curating exhibitions to help tell the stories of our nation’s Veterans.

Depicting the Invisible: A Portrait Series of Veterans Suffering from PTSD

APRIL 3, 2021 – FEBRUARY 21, 2022

Artist Susan J. Barron was inspired to create this portrait series after hearing that 22 Veterans commit suicide every day in our country.

“My intention is to bring awareness to the issues of PTSD and to depict our Veterans as the incredible heroes they are,” said Barron. “… My mission is to provide a platform for Veterans to share their stories, and to create a vehicle for help and change.”

The Twenty-Year War Exhibition

In March 2022, the National Veteran Memorial and Museum will open a highly anticipated exhibition, “The Twenty-Year War,” by artist Beau Simmons and authors Dan Blakely and Tom Amenta. This exhibition explores the experiences of Veterans who served during the Global War on Terror. Large-scale color and black-and-white photographs and video will be accompanied by a publication of the same title, released in 2021. In-person, hybrid and virtual programming will coincide with this exhibition and will include initiatives for physical and mental wellness, military transitioning, and inspired leadership.

20 Years: Remembering the One. Remembering Them All.

AUGUST 4 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2021

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, we proudly partnered with Honor365 and STRIVE to host Honor365’s World Trade Center exhibit. Through this exhibit at the Museum, we honored and remembered those we lost, including our heroes and first responders.

The exhibit is a replica of the World Trade Center Plaza created by Daan Van Der Steijn, a volunteer firefighter in training from The Netherlands. Daan, who comes from a long line of firefighters, honors the endless sacrifices made on September 11th, particularly by our nation’s first responders.

We the People: Portraits of Veterans in America by Mary Whyte

AUGUST 4 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2021

We The People is an exciting art exhibition generously presented at the museum by Big Lots with support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Ohio Arts Council.

This remarkable series depicts military Veterans of all ages and walks of life from an astronaut to a zookeeper. “The taxi driver, schoolteacher, dairy farmer and rancher among others, are a collective symbol of the pursuit of peace and the freedom in which this country was founded,” said Mary Whyte. “All of these men and women once signed a blank check on the value of their life and handed it to the American people.”

The Wall That Heals (Limited Engagement)

MAY 28-31, 2021

Join us at the museum to experience The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., that honors the men and women who gave their lives in Vietnam or later died as a result of their service. This traveling exhibit spans 375 feet in length and rises to seven and one-half feet tall at its apex. The Wall’s 140 panels contain the names of more than 58,000 service members.

So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope

JANUARY 31 – APRIL 17, 2020

So Ready for Laughter tells the story of Bob Hope’s unique place in WWII history and beyond. Using multimedia elements and captivating storytelling—including artifacts, films, rare photographs and an interactive display—the exhibit highlights how Hope helped lift the human spirit during one of the darkest times in American history.

Light During Wartime

INAUGURAL TEMPORARY EXHIBITION

This selection of photographs by Stacy Pearsall showcases the artist’s painterly use of light and shadow as she follows U.S. military troops on missions and portrays moments of action as well as another aspect of the combat experience—the in-between moments of camaraderie, rest, and reflection.

Moving through the exhibits program, Veterans Among Us, there are 14 thematic alcoves highlighting key themes and moments in Veterans’ journeys and incorporates personal stories, past and present, to share a wide range of challenges, sacrifices and achievements.

  • linear timeline serves as the chronological backbone of the Museum journey with personal stories of those who have served over time highlighted through artifacts and images.
  • The Legacy of Service exhibit provides inspirational stories of ways Veterans are using the values and skills learned in military service by helping their communities. This exhibit also illustrates the ways we honor and support Veterans, provides resources and encourages visitors to join a national conversation to begin to bridge the gap between civilians and Veterans.
  • The Service and Citizenship Gallery serves as the emotional core of the experience, bringing together themes explored throughout the journey and looking at the higher ideal of service.
  • Lastly, the visitor ascends to the Remembrance Gallery on the mezzanine level, which is a space for reflection and recollection of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, with a warm, colorful glow coming through the floor-to-ceiling stained glass installation inspired by military campaign ribbons. The focal point is an “infinity-flag” display, honoring the millions who died in service to the country.

These exhibits connect historical events to current concerns and transformative military service to the broader idea of community service. The aim: to encourage an ongoing dialogue to strengthen understanding and respect between civilians and Veterans.

Veterans Portrait Project by Stacy Pearsall

Located in our Great Hall, portraits hang from Stacy Pearsall’s Veterans Portrait Project, depicting Veterans both in uniform and after returning to civilian life. Photographer Stacy Pearsall began the Veterans Portrait Project while recovering from combat injuries she’d sustained in Iraq. Since taking her first portrait in late 2008, she’s conducted more than 189 portrait engagements, traveled to 82 cities in 50 states and captured over 8,500+ veterans’ portraits.

For questions about our exhibitions, please contact Meagan McGowan at mmcgowan@nationalvmm.org.

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