July 6, 2019 – January 5, 2020
The Museum, in partnership with the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation and the 52 Reasons to Love A Vet charitable organization, hosted the national traveling exhibition Love A Vet: Honoring Our Veterans.
Through art and artifacts the Love A Vet exhibition, and its related programming, encouraged the public to appreciate the sacrifices made by veterans and their families and educate on the challenging issues that veterans face upon their re-entry into civilian life.
The exhibit featured 40 paintings, drawings, and prints by a diverse group of contemporary illustrators; many of whom have been involved in the military themselves. Nationally recognized artists represented in the exhibit included Gail Anderson, art director for Rolling Stone magazine; Steve Brodner, political cartoonist; and Mike Wimmer, illustrator for Disney’s Lion King. Upstate artist Tina LeMay, was featured in the exhibition. A Clemson University Alum and Creative Director for Student Affairs at Clemson University, LeMay’s contribution to the exhibition was dedicated to the sacrifices made by military personnel and their families.
The Love A Vet project was founded by Ella Rue, an award-winning graphic designer and artist, whose son is a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghan wars. Ms. Rue established the 52 Reasons to Love a Vet nonprofit and its companion traveling exhibition to generate awareness and to help veterans further their education and assist with medical, dental, or mental health resources following their return home.