Art Heals War Wounds
“Art comes out of war and art can help mend wounds,” states Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Kogan. In the paper’s Sunday, November 24 edition Kogan details the reopening of the National Veterans Arts Museum (NVAM), established in 1996 as the Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago’s South Loop. In search of a wider audience, the NVAM recently relocated to Chicago’s bustling Six Corners area. The new “raw but attractive” space boasts more than 7,000 square feet, providing ample room for the museum’s collection of some 2,500 works. “There’s so much possibility here,” states SAIC alum Destinee Oitzinger (MA 2012), the museum’s gallery coordinator and assistant creative director. However, there is one thing the new space doesn't accommodate: NVAM’S “most chilling and moving installation,” the “Above & Beyond Memorial,” which still hangs in the old museum “suspended in air and covering 400 square feet.” Oitzinger is committed to finding a new audience for the work. "We are looking for a new home for that and have some very good leads."