I am thrilled to announce the 10 women Veteran artists whose art has been selected to be exhibited at VA medical centers around the country in March, to coincide with Women’s History Month. VA’s Center for Women Veterans partnered with Veteran Artist Program (VAP) on this initiative.

“We believe that art is one of the best ways to tell a story, and this exhibit reminds us that women are an integral part of our military and continue to serve their community as Veterans,” said B.R. McDonald, VAP founder, president, and executive producer. “We are blessed every day at VAP with these amazing Veteran artists and we are thrilled to share their work and stories in partnership with the VA.”

Works by these 10 women Veteran artists were selected for display, out of over 400 submissions:

Painting by Victoria R. Bryers, United States Coast Guard

The art pictured at the top of the page is by Lindsay Zike, a United States Navy Veteran. This painting immediately is by Coast Guard Veteran Victoria R. Bryers. Both are two examples of the wide range of art that will be on display in the women Veterans’ art exhibit.

Please join me in congratulating and celebrating these women Veteran artists. First Data and the Veterans Canteen Service are our collaborators in bringing this exhibit to sites around the country.

“We are proud to partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs to celebrate women Veterans and the role they play in our nation’s military, as well as their communities,” said Dr. Vivian Greentree, SVP, head of Corporate Citizenship at First Data. “At First Data, we are committed to supporting the Veteran community across the board, whether through recruitment or working with Veteran-owned businesses. Working with the Department of Veteran Affairs is one of the many ways we strive to honor our nation’s Veterans.”

Storyboards featuring images of their art, along with photos of the women in and out of uniform and brief biographies, will be displayed at Beckley VA Medical Center, Beckley, West Virginia; W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center, Salisbury, North Carolina; Atlanta VA Medical Center, Atlanta, Georgia; James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, Tennessee; VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, in Topeka and Leavenworth, Kansas; Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois; Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans, Louisiana; Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, Texas; Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center, Spokane, Washington; and VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The locations are also planning various events to increase awareness of the exhibits – check our exhibit page for more information as details become available on these events, the 10 honorable mentions and more.

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Published on Feb. 7, 2017

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  1. Phyllis T. Miller February 15, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I am a veteran artist with over 25+ years experience. I would like to know as to why my art painting of image significance importance was overlooked. My recent painting”The Price of Freedom” Oil on canvas, 36X48, had received recognition within the veteran Community. My VA is The West Los Angeles VA Hospital in West LA, California. My VA Hospital, via the “P/R” department was surprise of not being included within the Women’s Art Celebration. Why was this oversight brought about?.
    I have the honored of winning first place in the VA Arts Competition for each of the last nine years, for my continue art work accomplishments .
    Sincerely and puzzled,
    Phyllis Thomas Miller
    Veteran, (US Navy/Vietnam
    Santa Monica, Ca, .

  2. Saundra L Finleons February 10, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    What a wonderful idea. I would very much have liked our Girl Scout troop to visit this celebration of women veteran artists. When I checked for the locations, i was disappointed to find that Houston was the only Texas city honored to host an exhibit. How is it possible that San Antonio Texas is not one of the cities chosen. We are Military City, with many female recruits and female medical staff assigned to bases or posts here. We have many retired female veterans settle here after retirement. Susan Pamarleau (Air Force General?) , former Bexar County Sheriff and Angela Salinas (Marine General), current CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, are two distinguished women veteran officers who retired here. Please consider this information for a future exhibit. Thanks.

  3. Edward Johnsto0n February 10, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    thank you for the information

    Mr. Edward Johnston
    Korean war Vet.

    • Edward Johnsto0n February 10, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      thank you mr. edward johnston i living in canada

  4. Kathleen LaRoque February 9, 2017 at 7:41 am

    How does a female veteran artist get involved and/or submit for future exhibits?

    • Edward Johnsto0n February 10, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      thank you for the information

      Mr. Edward Johnston
      Korean war Vet.

  5. Juanita Wasdin Gotts February 8, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Hello, could you please mention the Honorable Mentions? My General would like to promote this in our state’s national guard monthly publication, with emphasis on my achievement as a member of our state’s military support agency, but it’s difficult to supply my public affairs office with a story where I achieved top twenty of 400 as an Honorable Mention when we ten aren’t included yet. I would so very much appreciate the assistance and attention to this, and thank you for putting this effort together, it means a lot to artists that our work is valued, and as Veterans that we are valued even more.

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