October 10 – December 30, 2020
Coral Springs Museum of Art

Through the eyes of soldiers and citizens who participated in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters, 100 Faces of War gives voice to the one percent of Americans who volunteer to defend the 99 percent. Featuring 100 portraits of Americans from every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, the subjects represent a cross-section of those who served, and reflect a variety of military branches, job descriptions, and personal backgrounds. Each oil painting is coupled with a personal statement from the participant to create the portrait.

The portraits pay homage to these individuals, visually conveying the impact of their war experience either as civilian support staff or members of the military. Each person met with artist Matt Mitchell and was asked to say something about themselves. What they wear in their portrait is of their choosing, and they could say whatever they wanted. The statement they provided, and the information in their biography, represent that particular moment in their personal history.

Ten posthumous portraits are included in the 100 Faces project. For these portraits, the families provided the words that accompany the paintings. Each unedited statement—ranging from humorous to dramatic, from lighthearted to poignant—candidly reveal the truth of war’s lasting effects. 100 Faces of War recognizes those who serve in our military and acknowledges the incredibly complex and varied American experiences of these wars.

Exhibit Information

Our partner and venue:

Coral Springs Museum of Art
2855A Coral Springs Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33065
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9:30 am – 5 pm
Monday – Saturday
(Beginning Oct 10, 2020)
Admission is Free

The exhibition may be visited by timed reservation only!

100 Faces of War is an exhibition organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with artist Matt Mitchell.

Smithsonian Institute