September 19, 2013--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will host the Veterans Book Project exhibition Sept. 27-Oct. 25 in Gallery 101 in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. The Veterans Book Project (VBP) (http://www.veteransbookproject.com/) is an artwork created by Monica Haller.
A public presentation by Haller is set for Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Kinnickinnic Theater in the University Center, followed by a reception with Haller from 4-6 p.m. in Gallery 101.
In 2005, motivated by a desire to understand the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Haller began asking veterans and others with first-hand experience to help her understand war from their perspectives. After finishing her first collaborative artwork in book form devoted to this research, "Riley and His Story,"(http://www.rileyandhisstory.com/), Haller began facilitating book-making workshops around the country where veterans organize their personal archives of photographs and writing into manuscripts, which are published as print-on-demand books and free downloads. These books comprise the VBP library.
A complete set of the books have been purchased for the exhibition through the generosity of The American Legion Fletcher-Pechacek Post 121, the UWRF Chalmer Davee Library, UWRF Veteran Services, UWRF Veterans Club and individual donors. After the exhibition, the books will be available through the Davee Library.
Gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 p.m.
For additional information, contact the UWRF Art Department at 715-425-3266.