Veteran Made: Selections from the Combat Paper Project

This exhibition celebrates the initiative that assists combat veterans in confronting their experiences through art and writing workshops. Military uniforms are cut up, beaten into a pulp, and formed into sheets of paper. Veterans use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniform as art and begin to embrace their experiences in the military. The exhibition is curated by Lynn Sures, Chair of Fine Art, Corcoran College of Art + Design, and Jane Milosch, former curator of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

A public reception in honor of the exhibition will be held Thursday, May 17, 7–9 p.m. Preceding the reception, the Corcoran will screen Where Soldiers Come From (2011), a documentary that follows the four-year journey of childhood friends, forever changed by a faraway war. A discussion follows the screening with filmmaker Heather Courtney and Dominic “Dom” Fredianelli, a veteran in the film.

From May 14 to 18, the Corcoran will host a workshop titled From Uniforms to Paper and Creative Writing: Combat Paper Project and Warrior Writers. Exclusively for service members and veterans, this workshop will explore both facilitated creative writing and hand papermaking through sessions that expose attendees to technique and to participation in group experiences. The workshop is led by Drew Cameron (Combat Paper Project) and Lovella Calica (Warrior Writers). Register

Major support has generously been provided by The Walter Reed Society, Inc., Veteran Artist Program (Baltimore), The American Freedom Foundation, Azalea Charities, as well as The Friends of the Arts and the Military: Jim Earnest, Theodore Hamady,  James Hayes, , Giselle and Ben Huberman, Nancy Patz, and Carol Tappert.  The organization of this exhibition represents acollaboration between the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Arts and The Military: (www.artsandmilitary.org), and Tara Tappert, Tappert & Associates, Archives and American Art Consultants, Washington, D.C.

DREW CAMERON AND DREW MATOTT (IN COLLABORATION WITH GREEN DOOR STUDIO, BURLINGTON, VT).BREAKING RANK. 2008. PULP PRINTING ON COMBAT PAPER. 29 X 51 INCHES.