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100 Faces of War Experience + John Markowitz (Opening Reception & Exhibition)

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Opening Reception

The University of West Florida Pensacola Museum of Art welcomes you to join in the opening of our newest exhibitions – John Markowitz: Recent Work and 100 Faces of War.

100 Faces of War, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian, presents the stories of those who served the U.S. in the Iran and Afghanistan wars. Organized in collaboration with artist Matt Mitchell, the exhibition features 100 oil portraits of Americans representing a cross-section of home states, military branches, jobs, and backgrounds. Each painting includes a candid, unedited, firsthand account of the war. The statements take many different forms, including emails and letters to loved ones and poems and words written specifically for this exhibition. 100 Faces of War is an exhibition organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The exhibition is a partnership with the Florida Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. On view from October 26 – January 19.

John Markowitz: Recent Work features paintings and drawings that investigate perception, space, memory, and time through a variety of techniques and different mediums. Markowitz received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently a lecturer at UWF and teaches painting and art history. On view from November 8th – February 2nd.

This event is free and open to the public.

Exhibition: 100 Faces of War

To understand something as complex as the American experience of war in Iraq and Afghanistan it is useful to listen to many perspectives.

The 100 Faces exhibition shows a cross-section of Americans who went to these wars between 2001 and 2014.  Each person met the artist and was asked to say something about themselves.  They could say whatever they wanted.  The statement they provided and their bio represents that moment in their personal history.

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Click here  “Portrait Gallery” to see their portraits and words.

Ten posthumous portraits are included in the 100 Faces project.  For these portraits, the families worked with the artist and chose the words which accompany the paintings.  The exhibition is a record of a specific moment in time.  It was created while the wars were ongoing, between 2005 and 2014.  Many of the people pictured went back to the war zones after their portraits were done. Five of the people pictured are civilians who traveled to the war zones in non-military capacities.

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Monday – Closed

Tuesday-Saturday – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday – 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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