When

October 12 , 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016

The fall 2017 art show at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine will have a patriotic theme that features the creative work of active duty men and women, veterans, and military families. The exhibit, titled, “Asclepius: Military, Medicine, and Creative Forces,” will demonstrate the unique capacity of the arts to document historical military events and personal experiences as well as facilitate healing, reintegration, and well-being for service members and their families.

An opening reception for the show will be held Thursday, October 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the medical school located at 2 Riverside Drive in Roanoke. The public is invited to attend.

Pictured above: "Two Coats," by Casey Whipple, fourth-year medical student.

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[Jennifer Fowler, artist]: My grandfather was a very hardworking dedicated man who dearly loved my grandmother. He was a very thankful man, very grateful for everything. He was proud of his country all the way through. He signed up to be in the military actually right before World War Two happened. He saw that it was coming on and told his family that it looked like they were gonna need his help, so he enlisted and he was in the service I believe two years before he was actually captured by the Japanese.

He was a POW for three and a half years and endured a lot of things that not many could have endured. My grandmother and other members of her family in the church were writing letters to all of the POWs and that was the only letter that my grandfather got his entire time as a POW, and he held on to it and when he returned back from being a POW he married her six months later so it was very special, that one letter.

During the time that I created these pieces I was a photo student at JMU and it was right around the time that he became ill and so the my last semester of school is also when he passed away. So this was kind of how I dealt with what I was going through and also I guess I removed myself from it but was working on it at the same time so that's how I was dealing with his death was by creating these images

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I took hundreds of images. I printed all of them but most of them I have used... for instance, all of these are copies of those that I have used to create the transfer images. The way in which I transferred those images onto the paper it was me rubbing onto it, so it's got my literal kind of thumbprint in there. So it's more of a connection than just taking a photo and printing it. This artwork to me represents all of my grandfather exactly what he stood for in his in his life.

I hope that when someone looks at these images that they can feel a connection with someone who is a veteran and realized that they are dear to someone else's heart.

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