100 Faces of War
Many people explored the meaning of their experience in war in conversation with me as we worked in the studio. The art studio became an important place for reckoning what the wars were; what these wars have meant on a personal level.
— Matt Mitchell, Artist 100 Faces of War
The Florida Humanities Council, in conjunction with the National Endowment of the Humanities “Standing Together” initiative, recognizes the importance of the humanities both in helping Americans to understand the experiences of service members and in assisting veterans as they return to civilian life.
As part of the initiative, FHC is helping to bring the Smithsonian’s 100 Faces of War exhibit to Florida. 100 Faces of War is an exhibition organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with artist Matt Mitchell.
The exhibit features 100 oil portraits of Americans who went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Representing a cross section of home states, military branches, jobs, and backgrounds, every portrait includes a candid, first-hand account of war.
Witness the pride, sacrifice, and humanity of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, in their own words.