A deep and abiding commitment to military veterans.
The MACC has long been devoted to art by and for military veterans, in part because Monthaven is so steeped in the region’s military history. During the Civil War, the mansion was converted into a field hospital. Both Union and Confederate soldiers were treated in the home.
Today, Monthaven is a place where members of the armed services and their families are celebrated through the arts. Since 2018, the MACC’s Annual Veterans Art Exhibition has displayed the art of more than 30 military veterans.
Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center’s Fifth Annual Veterans Art Exhibition and Fundraiser was held in August 2023 and featured the work of legendary combat photographer Nick Ut. An Associated Press photographer during the Vietnam War, Ut received the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his photograph “The Terror of War.”
Artists who participated in past Veterans Art Exhibitions have included James Mellick, who showcased works from his “Wounded Warrior Dogs” series; and David Wright and Chuck Creasy, whose exhibit “Vietnam. 2 Soldiers. 2 Artists. 2 Journeys. Then and Now,” premiered at the MACC in 2021.
Each Veterans Art Exhibition includes a BBQ and Bourbon Fundraiser, which supports the MACC’s “Between the Lines” healing arts programs for military veterans. Selected art from some of the veterans participating in the Between the Lines program are displayed as part of the Annual Veterans Arts exhibit.
For more information about supporting the MACC’s Healing Arts Program for veterans, please email [email protected].
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, please contact Executive Director Cheryl Strichik at [email protected].
A collection from past events.
For more information on Veterans Arts and upcoming event dates, contact us.