The EVAC exhibit includes visual presentations and accompanying narratives such as those of a World War II Marine who fought in Okinawa, Japan; a Gold Star mother, and a post-9/11 82nd Airborne veteran who served multiple tours as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Two recent Manhattan College alumni who served in the armed forces – Kirsten Battocchio ’18 and Michael Giraldo ’19 – also have their stories told through the EVAC art gallery.
In addition to these stories, Manhattan College is presenting its history of supporting our military through images of veteran alumni. This display includes the discharge papers of a Manhattan College Civil War veteran, a letter written from a prisoner of war in a German camp to a Lasallian Christian Brother, images of men who served in Vietnam, and the men and women who have participated in the Air Force ROTC program on Manhattan’s campus.
The EVAC gallery gives a glimpse into real people’s lived experiences and creates a space for the audience that invites genuine understanding and engagement. Through storytelling and interpretation, the project promotes empathy from multiple groups – the artist and audience for the veteran’s experience, and the veteran for the artist’s realization of their stories.
Participating veterans include service members from World War II through the present, including all five branches of the military. The participating artists are professionals from 23 states and one country outside of the United States. They use a variety of printmaking techniques from etching to serigraphy.