Gallery Talk with Veteran Artists
Join us for a Gallery Talk featuring Forget Me Not Veteran Artists: Robert Breur, Vince Cianni, Walt Nygard, Vince Romaniello and Daly Wise on Saturday, January 5 at 2:30 p.m.
Please join us for a panel discussion with select artists who will discuss their experiences, individual creative processes and the inspiration behind the development of their artistic concepts. A Q&A session will follow the talk.
Robert G. Breur was raised in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey and graduated from Newark College of Engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S Boxer as an Interior Communications Electrician and after completing Polaris Missile training, served aboard the U.S.S Holland in Rota, Spain, earning the rank of Polaris Missile Technician Petty Officer Second Class. As an artist, Breur devotes his time to sculpting in clay and wood. In his volunteer work, Breur finds value in sharing his artist skills with fellow veterans as a form of art therapy, especially those returning to society and suffering from PTSD.
Walt Nygard was raised on U.S. Army posts of the American West and in Germany. Walt served in the U.S.M.C, Viet Nam, Okinawa, and the Philippines, Corporal 3rd Marine.
Since 2011, as both a papermaker and printmaker, Nygard has been active with Frontline Paper, whose specialty is using the transformative process of making paper from military uniforms. Frontline Paper is a unique art project that provides veterans artistic tools, professional instruction, and community support to explore experiences through art.
Vince Cianni holds an MFA in Photography from the SUNY New Paltz and presently teaches photography at Parsons, the New School for Design and the International Center of Photography. Cianni’s work explores community, memory and the human condition through image, text and audio. Awards include a New York State Council on the Arts Award, the Jerome Foundation Grant, Santa Fe Vision Award, Ruttenberg Arts Foundation Award, Belin Arts Scholarship Award, a Light Work Residency, the New School University Faculty Fund Award and The Palm Center Grant for his work on Gays in the Military. His photographs are represented in numerous public and private collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, George Eastman House, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Akron Art Museum, Museum of the City of New York, and the Biblitheque Nationale de France.
Vince Romaniello graduated from the School of Visual Arts and the New York Academy in New York City. Romaniello has exhibited his artwork nationally and internationally including the Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Roger Smith Gallery, New York, NY; Butters Gallery Ltd., Portland OR; Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ and the University of Wisconsin-Stout, WI. He has been the recipient of honors from Spaceworks NYC, Williamsburg Library, Brooklyn, NY (studio resident), Chashama NYC (studio resident), The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The State Museum of Harrisburg, The Wood Turning Center (2 residencies) Philadelphia, PA and others. Romaniello’s work is in private collections around the world as well as public and corporate collections that include: Coventry Corporation, Fort Washington, PA; The Park Hyatt at The Bellevue in Philadelphia, PA; Morgan Lewis, Philadelphia, PA.
Daly Wise served in the U.S. Army with service in Viet Nam and Cambodia. He is an honorary member of the China Beach Surf Club and his poems have appeared in numerous publications and he is the author of Poems, Other Stuff and Basic Load. Wise resides in Woodstock, NY with his wife, poetess Alison Koffler, who is the co-founder of Post Traumatic Press.
For more information regarding this event and Forget Me Not exhibition, contact Virginia Walsh, Director at (845) 784-1146, firstname.lastname@example.org.