HOLMDEL, NJ - On Wednesday, December 8, 2010 the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center will unveil its new exhibition, The Combat Paper Project in conjunction with a three-day papermaking workshop. The exhibition showcases art on paper made from military uniforms. The Combat Paper Project utilizes art-making workshops to assist veterans in reconciling and sharing their personal experiences as well as broadening the traditional narrative surrounding service and the military culture. This exhibition will be on display at the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center in Holmdel, NJ through the end of February 2011.
The Combat Paper Project is a grass-roots initiative founded in 2008 by veterans of the Iraq War in which papermaking serves as a form of cathartic art therapy. The veterans transform their uniforms into handmade paper which can be enhanced with stenciled text or images, screen-printing, and pulp painting. In addition to the exhibition, the Foundation is hosting a three-day papermaking workshop for veterans of all wars and branches of services and members of the general public. The artists of the Combat Paper Project will lead these hands-on workshops on Thursday, December 9, Friday, December 10, and Saturday, December 11, from 10 AM-4 PM. The Saturday workshop will include a creative writing workshop.
The Foundation will also host a reception and panel discussion on Friday, December 10, 2010 from 6-8 PM. Panelists include Drew Cameron and Drew Matott, artists and cofounders of the Combat Paper Project and Chris Arendt, (US Army veteran of Guantanamo Bay) combat paper facilitator and artist.
Please RSVP to (732) 335-0033 to attend a workshop and/or attend the panel discussion and reception. Regular admission applies. Regular admission is free for veterans and active-duty military personnel. Regular adult admission is $5.00; student and senior citizen admission is $3.00; and children under 10 are admitted free. The Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is located adjacent to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the Garden State Parkway at exit 116. The Museum & Educational Center are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 A.M. – 4 P.M.
For more information:New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation, Inc.
1 Memorial Lane, PO Box 648, Holmdel, NJ 07733
(732) 335-0033, Fax: (732) 335-1107; web: www.njvvmf.org