The very first Veterans Portrait Project exhibit was installed at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC. A selection of 88 portraits ranging in size from 11×17″ up to 42″ tall were artfully printed, mounted and framed for the permanent display titled, “Hall of Heroes,” along the main corridor of the hospital.
Underneath each portrait sits a placard with the veteran’s name and branch of service. The display has had thousands of viewers, and serves as a constant visual reminder of who the VA hospital serves.
After a year, it was decided to expand the exhibition to include a special section titled, “Local Prisoners of War.” We selected a number of VPP portraits that featured Charleston-area former Prisoners of War from WWII to present day. While Charleston was the first to embrace the Veterans Portrait Project, many Veteran Affairs hospitals including Raleigh and Savannah have come on board, as well as other organizations such as PBS the Pentagon in Washington D.C. (Check out one VA hospital’s VPP exhibit mock-up HERE)
In addition to our short term exhibits and permanent displays, we’ve begun to incorporate one-night only pop-up exhibits for communities across the country. Upon taking portraits of veterans from various regions, we curate, print and display a number of those portraits, which are exhibited for one-night only receptions. The shows have been held at a wide variety of venues including theaters, museums, universities and town halls. During the events, veterans and members of their community are invited to come and view the show, commune with each other, exchange dialog about veterans’ experiences and discuss veteran related issues. VPP Founder, Stacy Pearsall, gives an insightful oral history of journey as a combat photographer and what inspired the creation of the Veterans Portrait Project.
No matter where you’d like to display a Veterans Portrait Project exhibit, we can tailor a show to fit your needs. The end goal is to display our Nation’s heroes portraits proudly. For short term or permanent exhibits, we can print on a variety of media including fine art ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Mono Silk paper for a more refined, traditional look or aluminum medal for a more modern display.
Our pop-up shows are printed on ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Mono Silk paper and mounted to acid free foam core for stability. These prints can be displayed on fabric walls using Velcro adhesives, hung on walls using temporary Swiss Clips or atop easels. There are endless options.
If you’d like to host a Veterans Portrait Project exhibit, just email Stacy.Pearsall@me.com