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An Artist Goes to War
John Bowen has been a Commercial and Fine Arts Artist for 60 years. He started out working in advertising agencies, then became an illustrator in the Air Force for 8 years, including one tour in Vietnam, graphically documenting Airlift Operations in-country. His illustrations are kept on display at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Bowen also wrote and illustrated Eleven Months and Nineteen Days: A Vietnam Illustrator’s Memoir that documents his experiences as the only U.S. Air Force illustrator assigned to Tan Son Nhut Air Base outside of Saigon from 1967-1968 during the Vietnam war. Throughout this thought-provoking lecture Bowen reflects on what life was like as an illustrator during his time in Vietnam, and also how his life changed when returning to civilian life.
100 Faces of War is an exhibition organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with artist Matt Mitchell.
Date/time: November 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Presented By:John Bowen, Ilustrator
Event Type:Combination of in-person and virtual/online