The opening night took place from 4:30-6pm on Tuesday, May 22nd at the UNCC Student Union Gallery. In order to make it on time to my own opening, I was forced to ditch Geology class a half-hour early. When I arrived, the gallery space was already open to the public, and I was greeted by a camera man from Carolina News 14.
The Joe Bonham Project represents the efforts of wartime illustrators to document the struggles of U.S. service personnel undergoing rehabilitation after traumatic front-line injury. The project was founded in early 2011 by Mike Fay, and is based on the central character in Johnny Got His Gun, a 1938 novel written by Dalton Trumbo. The project has been exhibited in three different states: New York, Virginia, & now North Carolina.
Here are some pictures of the opening.
Front entrance into gallery.
Carolina News 14 cameraman taking shots of our work.
Me, in mid-interview, with Carolina News 14.
Victor Juhasz's wall.
Me and my awesome beard.
Jeff Fisher's wall.
Mike Fay's wall.
Aside from local TV coverage courtesy of Carolina News 14, (which I plan to post to the blog when I get my hands on the clip), the Joe Bonham Project in Charlotte also received some very nice publicity in several city papers, including: Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Examiner, & the Morning Call.
On a seperate front, the Joe Bonham Project made the New York Times featuring my good friends Victor Juhasz and Jeff Fisher on one of their sketching trips to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.
It's nice to see that Joe Bonham Project is getting the coverage that it deserves. As artists, our job is to tell the stories of America's wounded through art, and the only way that these stories are going to get told successfully is through coverage. We have another show coming up for the entire month of November at the Pepco Edison Gallery in Washington, D.C. We hope to have some of the wounded portrayed in our work in attendance also. The day of the opening night is still unknown. Details will follow.