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Fort Hood Press Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: September 18, 2012 12:04:13 PM CDT

Location Change: Darnall showcases Soldiers’ art, encourages healing

FORT HOOD, Texas – An opening ceremony for the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Soldier Art Show titled, Unspoken: Overcoming Struggles of Combat through Art,” will be held from 1:30–3:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Oveta Culp Hobby Center here.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, features more than 25 original pieces created by Soldiers from across Fort Hood who have deployed in support of combat operations, Col. Patrick Sargent, CRDAMC commander, said.

“We encourage our friends, neighbors and community members to come and experience the Soldier Art Show,” he said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with our Soldiers in a very deep and personal way.”

Art has long been recognized as a way to express emotions or reactions to events that can sometimes be difficult to verbalize because it provides distance from the experience allowing the artist to view it with a certain degree of objectivity.

The collection showcases a wide range of art mediums including photography, poetry, drawings, paintings, ceramics and sculptures. All submissions are anonymous, but pieces will be individually numbered and visitors will be able to respond to the artists by leaving comment cards. 

Guests will also have an opportunity to participate in a sketch table, meet CRDAMC Department of Behavioral Health social work providers and enjoy refreshments.

After the opening on Sept.24, the exhibit will be available for viewing Sept. 25-28 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Oveta Culp Hobby Center. The collection showcases a wide range of art mediums including photography, poetry, drawings, paintings, ceramics and sculptures.

All artwork has been assessed for appropriate content prior to exhibition.

Media organizations desiring to cover the ceremony must register with the CRDAMC Public Affairs Office Press Center no later  than 4 p.m. on Sept. 23 here.

The gate time for media will be at 12:30 p.m. Sept 24. Media should meet at the Southside parking lot of the Fort Hood visitor's center.

For more information contact:
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
Public Affairs Office
(254) 553-1870
Capt. Erin Cooksley
Fort Hood, TX 76544
[email protected]