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Vietnam Veterans: Art Beyond Combat

Carl Purcell, painting Daniel Maynard, drawing John Steele, photography

Carl Purcell, painting – Daniel Maynard, drawing – John Steele, photography

This exhibition features three artists who served in Vietnam. Each has a different perspective about war. Dan Maynard was an artist his entire life, but never did much with it until after he was encouraged by his wife. John Steele came to photography later in life, and it was photography that took him back to Vietnam, to revise his personal perspectives and what he thought he knew about the people and their country. Carl Purcell was an interrogator for the Air Force. What he learned about the attitudes of North Vietnamese soldiers was a fatalistic view of life that he didn’t want to share. When he returned, he didn’t allow the war to impinge on his desire to move forward in life and never look back.

These are images of war, images of peace, and images of healing. Their creators are men who served our country during a time of uncertainty, protest, anger, and devastation. Each artist has a different perspective on how to return to life and resolve feelings of unrest. Art serves each of them in a different way, and each has a different story to tell.

Beginning September 17 2017, PBS will air Ken Burns’ latest series, The Vietnam War. The series features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both sides. This exhibition, curated by KUED Channel 7, was made possible by a grant from WETA, the PBS producing station. To learn more about this documentary, visit pbs.org/vietnamwar

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2017-2018 Traveling Schedule

Karen H. Huntsman Library, Snow College, Ephraim, Aug 15 – Sep 18
Delta Public Library, Delta, Sep 22 – Oct 25
Gerald R. Sherratt Library, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Nov 1 – Dec 19
Provo High School, Provo, Jan 8 – Feb 5, 2018
Library’s Viridian Event Center, West Jordan, Feb 28 – Apr 4
Early Light Academy, Daybreak, Apr 4 – May 8