The National Veterans Memorial and Museum announced the opening of its new special exhibition, We The People: Portraits of Veterans in America on Sept. 18 and running through March 14, 2021. The museum will be the national traveling exhibition’s first stop outside Charleston, South Carolina, where it originated in 2019.
With the addition of We The People and the extension of the So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope exhibition through Jan. 3, 2021, museum guests will be able to experience two national traveling exhibits, both on their first tour stops – all at no additional admission cost.
“Each Veteran behind the portraits in We The People has a story to share, and I respect and appreciate Mary Whyte’s dedication to honoring them through her incredible talent,” said Lt. General Michael Ferriter, U.S. Army (Retired), President and CEO of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.
Seven years in the making, We The People is artist Mary Whyte’s watercolor painting series of military Veterans reintegrating into society and the workforce after military service. The 50-portrait series, one from each state, was created to honor our country’s Veterans through art. What began as an effort to paint the face of America turned into an all-consuming mission to uphold and honor the hidden heroes of our country. This remarkable series depicts military Veterans of all ages and walks of life.
“The people I painted, each a military Veteran, represent all that is good and right about our nation,” said Mary Whyte. “The taxi driver, schoolteacher, dairy farmer, rancher and astronaut among others, are a collective symbol of the pursuit of peace and the freedom in which this country was founded. All of these men and women once signed a blank check on the value of their life and handed it to the American people.”
In support of We The People, the museum and Mary Whyte will present a series of interactive events including: artist and Veteran talks (Veterans featured in portraits), live-streamed painting class and behind-the-scenes tour of Whyte’s studio and, conditions permitting, a two-day in-person watercolor painting class at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.
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