Opening Receptions: Friday, November 11 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Former Senator John Warner (VA) Will Make Remarks at 7:00 pm
IMPart Ceramics & Bladesmithing Exhibit
November 3–30 , 2016
Opening reception: Friday, November 11, 6:30–8:00 pm
Studio 8 in the Torpedo Factory Art Center
The Art League’s IMPart visual arts education program connects returning Injured Military Personnel with transformative art experiences. These experiences are designed for creative enrichment, relaxed social engagement, redevelopment of fine motor skills, and expressive catharsis.
In the IMPart Ceramics & Bladesmithing exhibit, IMPart participants will share the ceramics and blades they’ve made in the program. The opening reception is Friday, November 11, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm — the same time and place as the Highest Honor unfurling, below.
Highest Honor Reveal
A modern 25-foot banner of the Army-Navy E-Award
Friday, November 11, 6:30–8:00 pm
Torpedo Factory Art Center Main Hall
In collaboration with military veterans from The Art League’s IMPart program, artist and League instructor Andy Yoder constructed a site-specific, suspended, 25-ft triangular banner for the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s atrium. After many months of construction, the completed banner, Highest Honor, will be unveiled on Veteran’s Day 2016.
The banner, made from 1,000 square sheets of handmade paper, is an oversized version of the Army-Navy “E Award,” which took the form of a swallowtail pennant and was presented to companies during World War II for excellence in the production of war equipment. The U.S. Naval Torpedo Station, (now known as the Torpedo Factory Art Center) received this award. It was an honor reflecting the hard work and collective excellence of the factory’s employees, each of whom received a lapel-pin version of the pennant.
Yoder’s goal with this project was to extend the spirit of the original award to the present day. The paper pulp used to make the piece largely consists of surplus military hospital garments, along with cleaning rags from the present-day factory’s maintenance staff, and paper from the art studios. Newspaper clippings from the first Gulf War in 1990 and 1991 are also integrated into the banner. Like the original award, one of the goals of this project was to acknowledge the contributions and enormous sacrifices of these individuals for the sake of the common good.
Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA. For more information visit www.theartleague.org or call 703-683-1780.