MVCDS Announces EVAC Project Art Exhibition

Eye On Art  |  11/15/2018 1:00 pm

Maumee Valley Country Day School Announces EVAC Project: Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaboration Art Show

The Wolfe Gallery at Maumee Valley Country Day School is featuring EVAC Project: Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaboration, an art project that brings veterans and artists together. The exhibition will run from November 13, 2018, to January 11, 2019, weekdays 9:00am – 3:00pm.

A reception, free and open to the public, will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018, 5:30 - 7:00pm, in the Wolfe Gallery, on the campus of Maumee Valley Country Day School, 1715 S. Reynolds Rd, Toledo, OH, 43614.

EVAC curators interviewed veterans about their experiences, and artists made an edition of prints based on their interpretation of those stories. The prints are exhibited with excerpts from the transcribed interviews. EVAC works to bridge the often precarious gap between military and civilian life.

Participating veterans included service from World War II through the Post 9/11 period and all five branches of the military. Veterans told their stories once, but the experience spreads through time and space because of EVAC’s exhibitions.

“I hope that each participant was struck by the sense of being a part of something much larger than themselves; not unlike the feeling we experienced in the military, and particularly in combat.” Lauren, Army, Vietnam War

Participating artists are professionals from 23 states and 1 country outside of the US. They used a variety of printmaking techniques, including etching, serigraphy, relief, engraving, mezzotint and more.

“There were moments when I was sad, proud, frustrated, and ultimately on edge trying to figure out how to proceed. In the end, I focused on the human aspect and connection to family through narrative.” Maggie Denk-Leigh, Associate Professor of Printmaking, Cleveland Institute of Art

Viewers see the stories and the images side by side. The EVAC format suggests multiple interpretations of oral histories and visual imagery, as well as the power of storytelling.

“[It] created a response of panic for me. I like that the story and artwork created that response because it creates a sense of reality for the people who didn't experience the war firsthand.” University Student

EVAC gives glimpses into real people’s lived experiences. It creates an environment for a viewer that invites genuine understanding and engagement. The process of storytelling and interpretation central to EVAC makes it a project uniquely positioned to promote empathy from multiple groups – the artist and viewer for the veteran’s experience, and the veteran for the artist’s realization of their stories. While primarily a traveling exhibition, EVAC has several additional projects in its portfolio: educational programs, a study on the impact, and developing community through events such as panel discussions with veterans and artists.

Maumee Valley Country Day School in Toledo, Ohio offers education to children from preschool through grade twelve.  Their mission is to enable students to become enlightened, compassionate and contributing citizens of our global community, while preparing graduates for their best opportunities in higher education.  The school attracts motivated, able students who have a range of academic interests and diverse backgrounds.  Its challenging curriculum, student-centered school life and supportive community inspire and equip them for a lifetime of learning.