Veterans' Views

Exhibit Details

July 22 - November 26, 2017
Opening Reception: July 21, from 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Eldredge and Spratlen Galleries

Veterans' Views is a juried exhibition highlighting photographs taken by members of our nation's armed services and relating to their military experience. The primary goal of the exhibit is to raise awareness of our veterans' experiences during service to our country.

This exhibit features 60 photographs from 40 veterans across 12 states. Veterans from the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Army Reserve, Missouri National Guard, and the Army Corps of Engineers submitted photographic memories of service tours ranging from 1946-2017, reaching from Missouri to Japan.


  • Rebecca Miller, Associate Professor, Pool Art Center Gallery Director and Photography Program Coordinator, Drury University
  • Dr. Thomas E. Russo, Associate Dean, International Programs and Professor of Art History, Drury University
  • Sarah Buhr, Curator of Art, Springfield Art Museum

Exhibit Resources

View the Exhibition Photo Album

View the Exhibition Preview Video

Program Details

Community Family Tree: July 22 - November 26, 2017
Spratlen Gallery
You are invited to bring photos of veterans from your family and post them in the gallery on our interactive Community "Family Tree." Photocopier provided.

Outdoor Movie Screening - Good Morning Vietnam
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at sunset
Outdoor Amphitheater
Join us for a free screening of Good Morning Vietnam. Bring a chair or blanket. In case of inclement weather, the screening will take place in the auditorium. This film is rated R.

The Freedom Endeavor with Steve Snyder
Thursday, August 24, 2017, 5:30 PM
Community Room
Join us for a compelling presentation featuring veteran portraits and oral histories collected by photographer Steve Snyder. Free and open to the public.

Movie Screening and Panel Discussion with Bill Garvin - The Best Years of Our Lives
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 1 PM
Moxie Cinema (located at 305 S. Campbell in downtown Springfield)
Join Drury University at the Moxie for a free screening of The Best Years of Our Lives, a 1946 film focused on three WWII veterans who return home to small-town America.

Movie Screening - Stray Dog
Tuesday, October 12, 2017, 5:30 PM
Museum Auditorium
Join us for a free screening of Stray Dog, a documentary film focused on Ron "Stray Dog" Hall - a biker, a Vietnam War veteran, and a lover of small dogs - from Winter's Bone director and co-writer Debra Granik. This film is not rated.

Veteran Family Portraits
Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10 AM
Community Room
Exhibition juror Rebecca Miller will be taking free family portraits for veterans. By appointment only. Please call (417) 873-6337 or email to reserve your session.

Voices From Vietnam
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7 PM
Performance organized by Larry Rottman featuring original music, poetry, and stories relating to the war in Vietnam, the veteran's experience, and the local culture. Due to subject matter, may be inappropriate for children younger than 13.

Veterans Views Poster

This exhibit is organized by the Springfield Art Museum in collaboration with Drury University.

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This is exhibit is generously supported by Bass Pro Shops. 

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. 

Public programs supported by the Moxie Cinema and the Springfield Regional Arts Council through the Arts & Culture Grant Program funded by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.