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Soldier’s Home: Veterans’ Art in Central Florida

September 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am - January 6, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

A&H’s Maitland Art Center

J. A. Smith, Untitled (Peace), 8×8”, 1918

In 1917, upon America’s entry into World War I, J. André Smith, founder of the Maitland Art Center (formerly known as the Research Studio), enlisted in the Army Reserve and received officer’s training. He first served with a camouflage unit and then joined as the senior officer and commander in a war art program, consisting of eight professional artists to document the activities of the American Expeditionary Force in France. Smith designed the Distinguished Service Cross, and after the war, he published In France with the American Expeditionary Forces, which included many of his wartime drawings.  Timed to coincide with the centenary of the end of the First World War on November 11, Art & History Museums—Maitland presents two exhibitions: Soldier’s Home: Veterans’ Art in Central Florida in the Maitland Art Center and J. André Smith and the Art of Camouflage in the Maitland Historical Museum.

Soldier’s Home: Veterans’ Art in Central Florida in the Maitland Art Center showcases Smith’s works that record his wartime experience. In addition, honoring his legacy as a veteran artist, it also exhibits art works by local veteran artists William Gura, Michael Moffett, and Jim Hosner. This exhibition provides an opportunity to take a look at the impact of war on individuals as well as the various meanings of artmaking for these artists working in diverse media and styles. This exhibit is curated by Dr. Rangsook Yoon.


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Jim Hosner, Blue Diamond, 65×34, acrylic on canvas

Visit the Plan Your Visit page for hours & pricing.  Admission includes entry to Maitland Art Center, Maitland Historical Museum and the Telephone Museum.

These exhibitions are made possible by: