The MACC’s deep and abiding commitment to military veterans is a driving force behind its Annual Veterans Art Exhibition. Since 2018, more than 30 military veterans have displayed their art in our galleries.
Veteran artists David Wright, Chuck Creasy and Valentine Adams, along with select artists and musicians from the Nashville nonprofit CreatiVets, have staged exhibitions at the MACC. Artists whose projects advance the message of military honor, commitment and sacrifice have also participated in these exhibitions. One such artist, the noted Ohio-based wood-carver James Mellick, brought his deeply felt Wounded Warrior Dogs exhibit to the MACC in the fall of 2022. Admission to the Annual Veterans Art Exhibition is free. For more information about the exhibition, contact:
Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center is now touring an exhibition titled Vietnam 2 Soldiers. 2 Artists. 2 Journeys. Then & Now, featuring the artwork of renowned artists (and Vietnam veterans) David Wright and Chuck Creasy.
The exhibit includes many of the sketches of American soldiers and Vietnamese civilians that Wright drew in-country in 1965. Creasy, who served as a forward artillery observer in 1968, returned to Vietnam as a visitor exactly 50 years after his deployment. The experience inspired him to create a series of colorful expressive watercolors of the Vietnamese people and countryside. Together, Wright’s and Creasy’s colorful, remarkably sensitive artwork serves as a lasting testament to the healing power of art. The exhibition’s 2022-23 touring schedule includes stops at the Customs House in Clarksville, Tenn., Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va., Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Ashland City Library in Ashland, Kan. If your museum, gallery or organization is interested in hosting Vietnam 2 Soldiers. 2 Artists. 2 Journeys. Then & Now, contact [email protected]
Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center has launched a FREE Healing Arts Program called “Between the Lines” to empower military veterans in Middle Tennessee who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and major depressive disorder. Our healing arts facilitators help participants find creative ways to overcome depressive and anxious feelings.
Our Healing Arts facilitators currently work with veterans at the Veterans Recovery Center in Murfreesboro, Tn. Military veterans and others interested in finding out more about our Between the Lines programming for veterans should contact us.