NVAM Triennial & Veteran Art Summit


NVAM Triennial & Veteran Art Summit

Please join the emerging Veteran Art Movement and our friends at the National Veterans Art Museum for the first ever NVAM Triennial and Veteran Art Summit in Chicago, May 3 - 5, 2019.

National Veterans Art Museum Triennial & Veteran Art Summit
On War & Survival

Exhibition May 3, 2019 - July 29, 2019
Summit May 3, 2019 - May 5, 2019

With a focus on the visual, literary, performative and creative practices of veterans, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) Triennial explores a century of war and survival while challenging the perception that war is something only those who have served in the military can comprehend. Throughout history, art has provided a frame to create meaning out of the complicated experience of war, seek justice and imagine reconciliation. The NVAM Triennial draws on this history to connect today’s veteran artists with the history of veteran creative practices and their impact on society over the past century. The NVAM Triennial exhibition opening coincides with the Veteran Art Summit. A series of presentations, workshops, panels, and discussions will be held May 3 - 5 at the Chicago Cultural Center, National Veterans Art Museum, and the DePaul Art Museum.

Register now to join veteran artists Alicia Dietz, Amber Hoy, Carlos Sirah, Drew Cameron, Ehren Tool, Eric J. Garcia, Nicole Goodwin, Joseph Lefthand, Jessica Putnam-Phillips, Roy Scranton, The Combat Hippies, Warrior Writers, special guest Iraqi-American artist Wafaa Bilal, and many more.


Summit Programs | Chicago Cultural Center
Friday, May 3, 2019 | 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, May 5, 2019 | 10:00am - 3:00pm (Afternoon session at DePaul Art Museum)

Triennial Exhibition Openings
Friday, May 3, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Open/Closed at the National Veterans Art Museum (With open mic hosted by Warrior Writers)
Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 6:30pm - 9:00pm | Making Meaning, Convergence, Conflict Exchange, & Veteran Movements all open at the Chicago Cultural Center

Additional Triennial Exhibition Openings
Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Eric J. Garcia: The Bald Eagle’s Toupee at the DePaul Art Museum

Please note, the exhibition openings and Veteran Art Summit are free and open to the public. However, the workshops and discussions have limited seating, so we request that you register as soon as possible and sign up for the sessions you wish to attend. Register here:  

Unfortunately, because the Veteran Art Summit is free and open to the public we are not able to provide housing for everyone. However, veteran artists can sign up for free housing in the community during the summit here (Please fill this form out ASAP and no later then April 19, 2019):