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News: Stacy Pearsall’s portraits of veterans arrive at Woodruff Arts Center

Stacy Pearsall's portrait of Eugene Smith (Detail). (Photos courtesy the artist/The Woodruff Arts Center.)

Since 2008, wounded veteran and combat photographer Stacy Pearsall of Charleston, South Carolina, has traveled the country to capture more than 6,000 portraits of American veterans who’ve served in every conflict since World War II.

Forty-four of Pearsall’s framed portraits will hang in the Woodruff Arts Center’s Beauchamp C. Carr Gallery, opening as a special exhibition on Veterans Day, November 11, and remaining on view through January 16, 2018. Digital images of hundreds of other veterans’ portraits will also be on hand in the gallery.

Pearsall will visit Atlanta to photograph area veterans December 8–9. The sessions will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center, with registration opening November 16.

The Veterans Portrait Project began as an emotionally cathartic, physically healing tool,” says Pearsall, who suffered injuries from two IED explosions in Iraq. Pearsall and her work were profiled in the New York Times in 2013. “When I could no longer serve in uniform, the VPP became an extension of my service. My new mission is to share the unique stories of military veterans and honor their service in a creative way so their contributions to American military history are never lost.”

The Atlanta exhibition is made possible with support from the Home Depot Foundation, which also allows the Woodruff Arts Center to provide veterans and military families access to exhibitions and performances at no cost.

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