Recently, I was asked to curate an exhibition in the SVA Photography Department organized by several members of the Veterans Coalition of Arts (VCA), a club at SVA made up of currently enrolled student veterans. Titled “Declassified: A Portrait of the Veteran as a Young Artist,” the show will feature work by four students in the VCA and three well-known former members of the SVA faculty who also served in the United States Armed Forces. In addition to presenting a wide range of works in various mediums, “Declassified” commemorates the many past and present members of the SVA community who have served in the U.S. military, going all the way back to the school’s co-founders Silas Rhodes and Burne Hogarth.
During the lead up to the show, BFA Photo Major Hector Rene drafted a statement that tells the story behind it and provides a little information about its participants. I’ve included it here; you can click on the images below to open up zoomable versions of each page.
“Declassified: A Portrait of the Veteran as a Young Artist” opens next Monday, October 29th, and will run through November 17th. The exhibition is located in the SVA Photography Department on the 6th floor of 214 East 23rd Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. The opening reception will take place on Tuesday, October 30th from 6 to 8 p.m., and is free and open to the public. For more information about the show, please contact Rebecca Storer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Note: due to the week-long school closure following Hurricane Sandy, the show has been extended for a week, and the original closing date of November 10th has been changed to the 17th. The paragraph above has been edited to reflect this change.]