‘Always Lost: A Meditation on War’ Exhibit
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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is proud to welcome to the Fox Cities the very special exhibit, “Always Lost: Meditation on War” as part of the exhibit’s national tour. “Always Lost” will be on display at UWFox from November 11 – Veteran’s Day – through January 5, 2011, in the Community First Credit Union Lobby, located on the second floor of the campus’ new Communication Arts Center. The exhibit was created and produced by Western Nevada College.
A reception, open to the public, is scheduled for opening night, November 11 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Kevin Burns, retired United States Marine Corps Major, titled the exhibit after an observation by American writer Gertrude Stein, “War is never fatal but always lost. Always lost.”
“Always Lost” is a unique collection of photographs, poems, and prose that honors and recognizes the ultimate sacrifice of so many of our American Troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The mission of “Always Lost: A Meditation on War” is to bring the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts home - to make these wars and thus all wars, personal, not remote.
“Always Lost” creates a sacred space in which to contemplate the personal effects of war and features the “Memorial Wall,” that includes photos of over 5,000 American service members who have given their lives in the Middle East since September 11, 2001; the literary works they inspired; Pulitzer Prize-winning combat photos by David Leeson and Cheryl Meyer (Dallas Morning News); interviews and portraits of Western Nevada College and UWFox Iraq/Afghanistan student-veterans; and poetry that includes a profile of SPC Noah Pierce, who took his own life after serving two tours in Iraq.
The exhibit at UWFox features five veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts who are currently students enrolled at UWFox, including Steve Acheson, Dana Curry, Lyle Schwartz, Daniel Orozo, and Thomas Hietpas.
“Always Lost” is free and open to the public during the following hours throughout the week, Sundays 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Mondays through Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The campus will be closed on Thursday, November 25 for Thanksgiving and Friday, November 26, for a state-mandated furlough day.
The exhibit is funded in part by the UWFox Campus Activities Board, the UWFox Student Association, the UWFox Veterans Outreach Organization, the Kimberly Post #60 of The American Legion, Appleton VFW Post #2778, Waupun American Legion Post #210, Menasha VFW Post #2126, Grand Chute VFW Post #8642, The SCENE Magazine, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nevada Arts Council, The Home Depot, Woodward Communications, Inc., digiprint, and the UW-Fox Valley Foundation, Inc.
Posted on 10/30/2010