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Veterans Art at the MACC

Exhibitions and Fundraisers

A deep and abiding commitment to military veterans. 

Salute To Our Veterans

Annual Veterans Art Exhibition and Fundraiser

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].

2023 Corporate Sponsor Spotlight

on the road

Vietnam Art Exhibition

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].

Event Album 2021

A collection from past events.

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For more information on Veterans Arts and upcoming event dates, contact us.

Kaylin Warden

External Affairs Coordinator

Kaylin Warden joined the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center staff in 2024 as External Affairs Coordinator. In this post, she organizes special off-site events and manages the organization’s external communications. She also works with the development department by updating the MACC’s customer relations database, and she assists the executive director in setting up exhibitions. Above all else, Kaylin is passionate about the arts. It comes as no surprise, then, that she is now pursuing a master’s degree in art history. When she’s not at the MACC, you can find her reading her favorite books (especially ones dealing with maritime mysteries), cooking, gardening, playing with her cat and two dogs, and cheering for the Nashville Predators.

Ruth Chase

Regional Arts Director
Ruth Chase is the Regional Arts Director of Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center, joining the team in 2023. For Ruth, the job is all about community, bringing people together to uplift and educate artists and art lovers alike. Her role at Monthaven is to strengthen the local artist community and build connections that will enrich Hendersonville and our surrounding communities through art exhibitions, art education, and opportunities for regional artists.
Prior to joining Monthaven, Ruth worked in the arts for over 30 years and is a multimedia artist and graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artistic practice is inquiry-based and engages in community bridge-building. She was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles, curated and juried exhibitions, and has taught at the Crocker Art Museum.
Ruth was awarded an Artist-in-Residence for Artist Activating Communities through a grant from the California Arts Council for three consecutive years. Her film Belonging screened at both the 18th Annual Nevada City Film Festival and Wild & Scenic Film Festival. She has received the Legendary Female Artist of Venice award, and she has exhibited in The Crocker Kingsley, the Museum of Northern California Art, and the Diego Rivera Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute. Ruth also continues her work as a Curatorial Consultant and Art director for the Californian Indigenous Research Project, where she has worked with the local tribe since 2018.