'After-Action Review' Features Art by Vets

"I'm Up. They See Me. I'm Down." by Tyler Nicholson (Contributed Artwork)

PANAMA CITY -- A new exhibition of art created by military veterans, "After-Action Review," opens Monday at Gulf Coast State College.

The Army Training Circular 25-20 says that After-Action Reviews (AARs) help provide soldiers and units feedback on mission and task performances in training and in combat: "After-action reviews identify how to correct deficiencies, sustain strengths and focus on performance of specific mission essential task list training objectives."

The artists represented in this AAR are veterans and former active duty members from Viet Nam, Desert Storm, and the so-called Global War on Terror, said Pavel Amromin, assistant professor in the GCSC Visual and Performing Arts Division. "While not considering themselves spokespeople or representatives of these conflicts, they serve as the juncture between the civilian world and the experiences of service members in and out of wartime," he added.

The group exhibition features work by Jesse Albrecht, Michael Aschenbrenner, Thaddeus Erdahl, Aaron Hughes, Tyler Nicholson, Thomas Orr, Jessica Putnam Phillips, Jennifer Robinson and Ehren Tool.

"Every participant in this collection was chosen not only because of their experiences in the military or combat but due to their unique take on art-making -- each bringing their voice and perspective of the world in which they navigate and sustain their strengths," Amromin said in a news release.

The exhibit will run from through Nov. 9, with a closing reception from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 9. The work will be on display in the Amelia Center Gallery, Room 112, at GCSC, 5230 W. U.S. 98, Panama City. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. For more information, contact Amromin at pamromin@gulfcoast.edu, or call 850-872-3886.

Tyler Nicholson, who curated the exhibit, will present a lecture about the work in the show from 1-2 p.m. on Nov. 9, in the Amelia Center, room AC128. Himself a military veteran, Nicholson earned his associates degree in art at GCSC, his bachelor's degree at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, and his Master of Fine Art at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Nicholson, who works with sculpture and interactive elements, describes his work this way: "My intention is not to critique the individual soldier, but to draw awareness of unnecessary sacrifice and challenge the viewer's understanding of war, its place in the home as an outlet for entertainment, and its psychological impact on the active participants."

The next exhibit on the college's schedule is the 11th annual "Cup Show: Form and Function," running Nov. 16 through Dec. 13. The show constitutes a survey of the wide variety of approaches to contemporary ceramics through the lens of the most intimate and accessible vessel -- the cup. It will be juried by Adam Field, with an opening reception on Nov. 16. For more information, visit GulfCoast.edu/arts.

This article is written by Tony Simmons from The News Herald, Panama City, Fla. and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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