"There is a popular misconception that veterans are a problem. A belief that returning service members are broken heroes in need of help. The truth is, veterans are experienced leaders and educated citizens. They served their country and now want to serve their communities. With over 235,000 veterans making their home in Southwestern PA — 1% of the national veteran population — and 5,200 more arriving every year, it is essential we welcome and make the most of this powerful resource." - RethinkVets.org
The RethinkVets artist exhibit will display the work of artist-veterans who are members of the United States Veterans' Artist Alliance, and promote dialogue about the role of military veterans in the Pittsburgh region. This exhibit will include engagement activities in partnership with local veteran and artist organizations.
“Rethink Perception” features the work of six artist-veterans: Alicia Dietz (Richmond, VA), Jonas Lara (Oxnard, CA), Jamie Peterson (Columbia, SC), Hector René (Brooklyn, NY), Ehren Tool (Berkeley, CA), and Elise Wells (Stahlstown, PA). Selected for their unique perspectives and strong artistic abilities, the artists and their works intend to challenge veteran stereotypes and celebrate the significant contributions of veterans to both military and civilian life, including the creative arts. ”Rethink Perception” is a continuation the RethinkVets.org campaign, launched in 2017, and is a bridge to the campaign’s second phase that debuts in fall 2018.