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Depicting The Invisible: A Portrait Series of Veterans Suffering From PTSD

April 3, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Depicting The Invisible: A Portrait Series of Veterans Suffering From PTSD by artist Susan J. Barron opens to the public on April 3. Barron was inspired to create the 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.”

Her series of 14 hauntingly beautiful six-foot by six-foot, mixed media works on canvas are created through a combination of photographic imagery, paint and text including each Veteran’s story. Each Veteran in these portraits makes unflinching eye contact with the viewer to showcase them as powerful and vulnerable as they share the truth of their realities in their own words.

Depicting The Invisible is shown at the museum as part of our ongoing mission to share the Veteran experience through their own stories. We are partnering with Susan J. Barron to create a dialogue and community around the stigmas associated with war’s invisible scars to show these brave individuals they are not alone, end their isolation and represent them as the heroes they are.

About the Artist

Photo of Susan J. Barron

Susan J. Barron is an exceptionally diverse, multi-award-winning artist whose work has been collected and commissioned across the nation. Whether working with oil on canvas, photographic processes, or incorporating sculpture and collage elements, her work bravely and beautifully explores the intersection of the viewer’s preconception and reality.

She has had solo exhibitions throughout the United States, including the Hunter Museum of Art, TN, HG Contemporary Gallery, NY, Caelum Gallery, NY, the Kevin Butler Gallery in Massachusetts, the First Frontier Collage Society in Texas, and the Lark Creek Gallery in California. A graduate of Boston University, she studied art at the Art Institute of San Francisco and Yale School for the Arts. She is currently traveling the country with her latest body of work, Depicting The Invisible.

Thank you to our Exhibition Sponsors

Upcoming Events

Susan Barron

Saturday, July 31 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Beyond The Exhibit: An Evening with Susan J. Barron

We are honored to present our member-exclusive event series, Beyond The Exhibit: An Evening with Susan J. Barron. Multi-media artist, Susan J. Barron, of Depicting The Invisible: A Portrait Series of Veterans Suffering From PTSD, will host an engaging conversation inside the exhibition space about her creative process and her motivation for bringing this body of work to life. Susan invites our members to be part of that conversation and will discuss ways individuals can help amplify PTSD awareness and be of service in their own communities. This event is free for members, however, space is limited.

Virtual Tour

MEMBERS, redeem your special access to the Depicting The Invisible Virtual Tour using this link. To join as a member, click here. With questions about MEMBER ACCESS to this tour, email members@nationalvmm.org.

Saturday, April 3 – Friday, December 31

Depicting The Invisible: A Portrait Series of Veterans Suffering From PTSD

During this 21-minute tour, you will hear the personal narratives of Veterans living with PTSD. We provide a platform for Veterans to share their stories, and to create a vehicle for help and change. Our virtual tour is proudly presented by CAS – A division of the American Chemical Society. Virtual tickets are available through December 31, 2021, and cost $7 for 72 hours of tour access. The tour is free for museum members.