Women Combat Veterans Featured in Gallery Exhibit
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 22, 2010) – The Gallery of Art and Design at the University of Central Missouri will host the exhibition “When Janey Comes Marching Home: Portraits of Women Combat Veterans” Sept. 30-Nov. 5 in the main and outer galleries.
The exhibition is a multi-media initiative consisting of a gallery show, book and documentary film that present a complex portrait of service women returning from war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. A collaboration between author-filmmaker Laura Browder and photojournalist Sascha Pflaeging, “When Janey Comes Marching Home” presents a series of approximately 45 large-scale color photographic portraits and oral histories of women combat veterans.
The public is invited to the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in the gallery at 217 E. Clark. A public lecture and roundtable discussion featuring local active and veteran service women is planned for 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, also in the gallery.
The accompanying book, “When Janey Comes Marching Home” authored by Laura Browder with photographs by Sascha Pflaeging and published by the University of North Carolina Press, will be available for purchase at the opening reception and throughout the duration of the exhibition at the UCM University Store in the Elliott Union.
Support for the exhibition of “When Janey Comes Marching Home” at the UCM Gallery of Art and Design is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, the UCM Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, the Greer-Oppenheimer General Education Series, the Greater Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, and members of the community.
The exhibition and the accompanying publication were made possible by generous grants from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University. The exhibition was organized by the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, where it premiered Sept. 12-Dec. 14, 2008. The exhibition tour is administered by the Anderson Gallery, School of Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, with additional support from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
The UCM Gallery of Art and Design is open to the public, free of charge, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Groups are welcome. To learn more about the UCM Gallery of Art and Design, including upcoming exhibits, contact the gallery staff at 660-543-4498.