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Posted on: July 13, 2017

Veteran’s Photography Exhibition to Open at Springfield Art Museum

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Springfield, MO. (July 13, 2017) – The Springfield Art Museum and Drury University are pleased to present Veterans’ Views, a moving juried photography exhibition highlighting 60 images taken by members of our nation’s armed services, relating to their military experiences. The primary goal of the exhibit is to raise awareness of our veterans' experiences during service to our country.  

Forty veterans representing the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Army Reserve, National Guard, and the Army Corps of Engineers from 12 states are featured in this exhibit that honors tours of service from 1946 to 2017. Locations depicted range from Missouri to Iraq, Afghanistan, Italy, Vietnam, Germany, China, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, Kuwait, Ecuador, Japan, and the Philippines.

The call for photographs was open to veterans across the country and carried no entry fee. The exhibit was juried by Sarah Buhr, Curator of Art at the Springfield Art Museum, Rebecca Miller, Associate Professor, Pool Art Center Gallery Director and Photography Program Coordinator, and Dr. Thomas E. Russo, Associate Dean, International Programs and Professor of Art History, both at Drury University.

This exhibition opens with a reception that is free and open to the public on July 21 from 5:30 to 7 PM. Veterans’ Views includes a slate of free public programs supported by the Moxie Cinema, and the Springfield Regional Arts Council through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Don’t miss the interactive “Veterans Family Tree,” where patrons can photocopy and post pictures of service members. The exhibit runs through November 26 at the Springfield Art Museum located at 1111 East Brookside Drive. Admission is always free.

Related Programs

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, September 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.

Teen Writing Workshop
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6 - 7:30 PM
Eldredge and Spratlen Galleries
Teens will investigate and respond to images in the exhibition through guided observation, discussion, and creative writing. This program is free, but pre-registration is required.

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.


The Springfield Art Museum is Springfield, Missouri’s oldest cultural institution, founded in 1928. A department of the City of Springfield, we are dedicated to enhancing the education and documenting the cultural heritage of the people of southwest Missouri through the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art objects. For more information, please visit For more information, please contact Joshua Best, Development and Marketing Coordinator, (417) 874-2859 or

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