Art Of War

The Art of War:  Military Art and Veteran Artists

Friday, October 13 – Friday, October 27, 2017

The Virginia War Memorial is honored to host this special expo to showcase military art in various forms and the inspired work of veteran artists

Schedule of Events: 

For the Duration: Letters from Home (Ticketed Event)
A live production in partnership with Richmond’s iconic Quill Theater Hear the inspiring, moving, and sobering words from both the World War II battlefield and the home front.

Tickets: $15 Public | $12 Quill Theater Members and Subscribers
to purchase tickets through the Quill Theater.
Location: VMI Alumni Hall

When the United States was attacked on December 7th, 1941 at Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces, President Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan. Within an hour of his speech, the United States had officially entered World War II. And when hundreds of thousands of Americans decided to immediately enlist in service of their country, they didn’t know how long they’d be away. They were simply enlisted “for the duration.”

There are hidden meanings beneath the simple words of love, fear, and hope in these letters between lovers, families, and friends. This one night only unique event will feature readings from real letters from the private collection of Virginia War Memorial Director of Education James Triesler, and will give just a glimpse into the real world challenges, triumphs, and losses of soldiers abroad and their loved ones at home.

There will be a Q&A following the performance.
Beer, wine, and light refreshments will be available for purchase.  


UpCycle Art Event
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 6:00 PM (Event 1 of 2)
Register HERE

Location: VWM Grand Lobby

Sponsored by Tech for Troops, this event showcases veterans creating their own works of art from used computer and automation materials.  Inspiration, passion and creativity meet technology to create truly unique artwork for a great cause.


Art of War Expo Keynote Speaker Stacy Pearsall
Shooter:  Combat from Behind the Camera


Tickets: $15 Public | FREE for Students (with I.D.)
Click HERE to purchase tickets
Location: VMI Alumni Hall 

Stacy Pearsall’s empowering presentation draws upon the hardships she faced as a photographer, and woman, in combat. She’s documented some of the most dangerous battles of our time, has been injured in combat and survived to tell her story. More importantly, she lives to tell others’ stories. Hers is an amazing visual journey of personal and photographic growth. Not only do the images relate the story of the soldiers she’s documented, but also her own tale of friendships she made and tragically lost. You’ll learn how her path to recovery paved the road to her new mission in life, the Veterans Portrait Project.   Reception to follow. 

Beer, wine, and light hors d’oeuvres will be available after the lecture.
There will be a Q&A following the performance.


Plein Air at the Virginia War Memorial
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Hargrove Plaza and Shrine of Memory

Join your fellow artists for coffee and capture the beauty of our grounds and the incredible view of the James River and downtown Richmond. Bring your easel and supplies and come be inspired by the Shrine, the view, and this place of remembrance. All are welcome!


Blood, Sweat, and Ink:  A Tribute to Military Tattoos
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Register HERE 
Location: Freedom Hall

Did you know that Richmond is one of the Top 10 MOST tattooed cities in the United States? We want to celebrate the Art of Ink during the Art of War. Come show off your body art and watch US Army veteran, and notable local tattoo artist Clutch, a veteran on site. 

**Are you a veteran interested in sharing the stories behind your tattoo(s)? Please contact us at We would love to host you as a “living art exhibit!”**


War on Film:  A Day at the Movies
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Register HERE

Location: Reynolds Theater

Our nod to the art of military films features an interpretive dance tribute film, Spirit of the Fallen by Keith Lee Films (12:00 p.m.) followed by showings of the award-winning documentary, Korengal (R), by Sebastian Junger (2:00 p.m.) and the popular, recent World War II film, Hacksaw Ridge (R), directed by Mel Gibson (4:00 p.m.) All films will be shown in Reynolds Theater.

Snacks available for purchase.

**NOTE: Korengal is rated R due to “language, violence, and brief nude images.” Hacksaw Ridge is rated R due to “intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images.” Please refrain from bringing children under 18.


Fightin' Words:  A Celebration of Military Literature
Register HERE

Location: VMI Alumni Hall

Presenters read excerpts of their favorite works in military literature.  Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.  An evening to enjoy the powerful, vivid connection between war and the written word.   


UpCycle Art Event
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 6:00 PM (Event 2 of 2)
Register HERE

Location: VWM Grand Lobby

Sponsored by Tech for Troops, this event showcases veterans creating their own works of art from used computer and automation materials.  Inspiration, passion and creativity meet technology to create truly unique artwork for a great cause.


Exhibits (on display and for sale throughout the two-week event):

Brushstrokes: Artwork from the US Army Combat Art Program
Location: Undercroft Hall

A collection of vivid and compelling works from combat artists from wars of the 20th Century and beyond.   Artwork provided by the US Army Center of Military History. 



Shapes of Conflict: Veteran Art
Location: Freedom Hall

3D works of art from veteran artists to include Richmond’s own Alicia Dietz.  Sculpture, woodwork, and other mediums reflect the stirring impact of war.  



Through the Lens: The Work of Combat Photographers
Location: Undercroft Hall

A collection of amazing photographic images from Stacy Pearsall and Jeremy Locke, both award-winning former combat photographers for the US Air Force.  Images from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other captivating corners of the world.



The Veteran’s Impact Project
Location: Hargrove Plaza

An idea from the creative folks at Richmond’s Art on Wheels, the Veteran’s Impact Project is a large scale, public monument created by veterans and their loved ones.


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