It hardly seems possible that my show "Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service" has been on exhibit at the National Veterans Art Museum for six weeks and will be de-installed in two weeks. So much has happened during the show with the Artist Reception on August 24, then the Creative Community Workshop "That Reminds Me" on September 30, the Chicago Women's Caucus for Art visited the show on October 14 for an Artist Talk and gallery tour, and then Friday, October 20 I will be on a panel with Dr. Anna Bretschneider, Chief, Hines VA Education Service, and three veterans, Virigl Mathis, Bill Crist and Adam Navarro Lowery. The title of the panel discussion is "Intersection of Experiences".
For now I will share photos from the opening reception on August 24.
Monday, October 16, 2017
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Upcoming Exhibit: "Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service"
Date: 8/22/2017 - 10/28/2017
The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) is proud to present its upcoming exhibition, Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service by Chicago-area artist Jeanine Hill-Soldner. The exhibit will showcase two series of oil paintings: Portraits of American Veterans, and Memories of an Era: Reflections of Our Time.
Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service presents a unique perspective on an experience of military service that is often overlooked–that of the spouse, parent, sibling, or child of an active duty service member or veteran. The juxtaposition of veteran portraits with scenes of family life highlights an integral aspect of military culture that is rarely explored. Jeanine Hill-Soldner grew up in a military family. Her father, Sgt. Maj. Dan L. Hill, was a 30-year U.S. Marine Corps Veteran who served in WWII, Korea, and completed twotours in Vietnam. After he passed away, the artist felt compelled to create work that honored his service and experiences along with those of other military veterans and members of their communities. Personal stories and memory are integral to her work as Hill-Soldner links the experiences of veterans and those of their loved ones through a poignant visual program.
Portraits of American Veterans
The creation of Portraits of American Veterans began in 2009 and features the likenesses of 24 veterans who sat in the artist’s studio as she sketched and painted the initial impression of each person. Each veteran was asked to bring significant objects from their military experience with them, and to share memories of their service as Hill-Soldner painted which further aided in the capturing of each individual’s personality
Memories of an Era: Reflections of Our Time
The paintings in this series are derived from family photographs taken near the Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station in Oahu, Hawaii during Dan L. Hill’s first tour in Vietnam, paired with photos he took himself while deployed. In each painting, scenes of the everyday life of the women and children of the Hill family are depicted alongside the daily realities of war featuring the men of the Marine Third Reconnaissance Battalion, Bravo Company. Together these paintings develop a chronicle that reaches across time and space to connect events as they may have occurred simultaneously, many miles apart. These works underline the significance of memory and illustrate how experiences shape veterans, their families, and military communities as a whole.
Jeanine Hill-Soldner’s work offers an important perspective on war as seen through the eyes of the children and spouses of service members. Side by side these two series of paintings offer a glimpse into the way in which military service has both defined the artist’s life, and driven decades of contemplation about the impact that war has had on hers and others’ lives.
Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service will be on display beginning Tuesday, August 22nd through Saturday, October 28th, 2017 with an
Sunday, July 9, 2017
I have a very busy exhibition schedule in the coming months. Here are a few highlights of what I've been working on
GALLERY/ MUSEUM EXHIBITS Summer-Fall 2017
June 11- August 6
“Chicago Society of Artists Membership Show”
Anderson Arts Center
121 Sixty-Sixth St., Kenosha, WIS
Reception: June 11, 1:30- 4:00 p.m.
July 6– 30
“Listen” Invitational Exhibit
Old Courthouse Art Center
101 Johnson St., Woodstock, IL
Reception: Saturday July 15- 6-9 p.m.
July 14- August 5
“Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare As They Like It”
Water Street Studios
160 S. Water Street, Batavia, IL
Artist Reception: Friday July 14, 6-9 p.m.
November 4- December 14
Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art
Elmhurst Art Museum, Art Guild Gallery
150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, IL
Artist reception: Friday November 10, 7-9 pm
August 22- October 28
“Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service”
National Veterans Art Museum
4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Reception: Friday August 24, 6-9 pm
|"Out of the Darkness" oil on canvas, 40"x 30" is on exhibit in Woodstock, Illinois at the Old Courthouse Art Center in the show "LISTEN".|
|"Symmetrical Division" oil on canvas, 48"x 36" will show in the Chicago Women's Caucus for Art juried show "Transmogrification" in Elmhurst at the Elmhurst Museum, Art League Gallery.|
|Poster for the Shakespeare Show in Batavia.|
|"King Lear's Gilded Butterflies" oil on canvas, 24"x 24" will be showing in Batavia, Illinois in the exhibit "Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare; As They Like It"|
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
|Yes, I marched in the Women's March on January 21 in Chicago. This is my interpretation of the day in oil on canvas 40"x 40" titled "An American Moment"|
I have included in the most recent musing a post that I wrote last month but did not publish........
My last post was from November, so I am a bit behind on blogging. Life is good and always moving forward. It seems like my attention was constantly turned to the POTUS election. Yes, I know too much in the press and social media, and that is exactly why my artist eyes have been absorbed in the garishly visual and noisy spectacle. Reading and painting have always been my way of coping to understand and figure out the logic, or lack thereof, that propels the country I love into a spiral of confusion and "us and them" (ie. dems vs repubs). Well to say the least, like many artists, when I am looking for solace or answers I look to literature, art, and the musings of great authors of the past who recorded the spectacles of their times in prose and or paint. You see art is gives us meaning and beyond sound bites, tweets and talking heads who are faker than their "fake news".
Friday, November 18, 2016
The artist reception for "Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service" was wonderful and very well attended. I was heartened that so many people from the community and some of our local State Representatives also attended. I want to share with you the photos that my husband Keith took of all the people talking and sharing their stories.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Lakeside Arts Park resident artist Jeanine Hill-Soldner presents Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service. This exhibit has been in development for almost two decades. The title is a fusion of the Artists’ two most significant bodies of work Memories of an Era and Portraits of American Veterans Project. Combining the paintings presents a bold gesture and sweeping exhibition that brings together the Artist’s story and three generations of American veterans with their personal stories.
Both engaging and contemplative, the viewer will discover their own connections past and present with the veterans in their own lives. The legacies of service from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq are reminders of the sacrifices that veterans have made through the Century. The exhibit includes 24 life size oil portraits of local veterans and a selection of large oil paintings from Memories of an Era, which was featured on PBS and exhibited nationally in galleries and museums. Meet the Artist and attend her Talk at 6:30, and meet many of the veterans featured in the portrait exhibit.
I will write more about this show soon, but for now I must prepare all the paintings, statements, descriptions and brochures for the the exhibit and installation of the work starting on October 31.