National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum

In 1981, a few Vietnam combat veterans put together an artistic and historical collection that would become a timeless, humanistic statement of war on behalf of all veterans for future generations.

The Vietnam Veterans Art Group was created in Chicago in 1981. One year later, the group mounted its first exhibit of veteran artwork entitled Reflexes and Reflections which toured museums and galleries across the country.

The overwhelming emotional response to the work, along with an increasing amount of contributions by artists, led to the official establishment of a permanent museum. After viewing the collection, Mayor Richard Daley was so personally moved that he allocated a permanent building to house the collection. The National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum opened its doors at 1801 S. Indiana Avenue in 1996.

Place Categories: Art MuseumPlace Tags: paintings, Photography, printmaking, sculptures and woodworking

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