• Steven Heller

Soldiers’ Stories

The Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pa., announces the opening of Art of the American Soldier on September 24. The exhibit presents paintings and drawings of battles, as well as extraordinary and everyday experiences that were created by American soldiers in the field and behind the lines. The watercolors, oils and drawings span World War I to the Afghan War.

This exhibit, which can be seen online here, provides uncensored personal accounts by those who have lived through war and its aftermath; they reveal the anxieties and fears of the artist soldiers.

Credits from top to bottom: Elzie Golden, 2005 (Fallujah); Joseph Hirsch, 1944 (Italy); David Fairrington, 1960-69 (Vietnam); Peter G. Varisano, 1991 (Saudi Arabia); Rhonda Chase, 2000-2009 (Kuwait).

About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →