Artist Elizabeth Boutin will have her art displayed at the New Century Art Guild’s Gallery in Kimballton, IA. The exhibition, “Effects of PTSD”, opens May 19th with a meet the artist dinner starting at 6:00 p.m. Among the artworks featured will be some of Boutin’s oil and acrylic paintings dealing with the topic of PTSD.
Boutin married into the military, and while the couple moved abroad, she volunteered with the Red Cross. Seeing the ravages of post traumatic stress disorder firsthand fueled her creative drive to express the wounds both internal and external of those in the military through her art –and by doing so, attempt to alleviate some of their pain.
On the dinner menu: delicious smoked pork loin from Henningsen’s Meats, beer, wine and other goodies!
Army Veteran Kyle Foster was selected as New Century Art Guild’s 2015 Veteran Artist Grant recipient. His work will be on view at Metro Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus in November.
Kyle is currently a student of visual art at Metro Community College. Before studying art professionally, he served 3 years in active duty with US Army from 2010 to 2013. He was part of D Company of the 2-35 Infantry Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. He deployed to Afghanistan as an 11B infantryman where he saw heavy combat activity in several areas including: Outpost Honacher Miracle, Kunar Province and Regional Command East. Kyle received the Purple Heart after being injured by a pressure-plate type IED explosion and was honorably and medically discharged from the Army after numerous surgeries were made to salvage use of his left foot and ankle.
Upon returning to Nebraska, Kyle reinvented himself as a civilian; getting married and finding steady work as a shift supervisor with a prominent security company. Kyle and his wife, Brittney, are now awaiting the arrival of another child in addition to their 4 year old daughter, Zoey.
Kyle has a great eye for composition and a sensitive hand for drawing in charcoal, pastel and pencil. His artistic ability and veteran status named him as the recipient of New Century Art Guild’s 2015 Veteran Artist Grant. In addition to completing his college degree, Kyle’s ambitions include strengthening his artistic abilities and teaching art– perhaps teaching drawing to other wounded warriors.
NCAG Art Director, Toy J. Muller, will exhibit several new artworks at Modern Arts Midtown Gallery in Omaha, NE through the month of July, 2015. The show, titled “Pop Meets Street” is a group show of artists that defy conventional categories and definitely promise the elements of surprise, whimsy and satire.
The Opening Reception will be held at the gallery on First Friday, Jul 3, 6:00-8:00PM. The show will run July 3-July 31, 2015
More information about the exhibit may be viewed at this link:
In the corner of his basement, Bryon Line is hard at work. When he’s not painting a scene made by Mother Nature, he’s recreating an image from his 15(??) years in the army. “You get reminded if you ever did it, what it felt like to be one of those guys,” Line said. Like Bryon, many veterans find therapy in art. “You found energy, you felt motivation, and you felt comraderies,” Line added.
Bryon’s paintings are on display at this gallery – 75 miles away in the quaint town of Kimballton, Iowa. Line says, “I’m very much impressed with the way they’ve helped revive Kimballton, Iowa.
But the connection between Bryon Line and Kimballton is thicker than the oil based paints on his canvas. “I served in the marine corp from 70-74 and I was in the air wings,” Scott Smith, Director of the New Century Art Guild said. Like Bryon, Scott Smith is a veteran. Eight years ago he helped create the New Century Art Guild – an art organization created by Veterans for Veterans.
“One veteran in particular, I challenged to make a series of paintings about his experiences and it changed his life,” Troy Muller, art instructor and board member of the New Century Art Guild, states proudly. Through funding and workshops the Guild helps Veterans reconnect with Society and recapture the comraderies experienced in the armed services. “Like I said before, those kids (using the brush) and getting into it and forgetting all that stuff that was scaring them, it talks to you,” New Century Art Guild board member, Jim O’Keefe adds.
A movement started by a handful of guys, making a difference in veterans lives, one brush stroke at a time.
The Art Guild is undertaking a massive project. They’re planning on building a Living Liberties sculpture park that will feature up to 30 life size statues. These monuments will be dedicated to American servicemen and women who fought for our freedom. The price tag is hefty… 2.7 million dollars… and it will be funded mostly through private donations.
Congratulations to New Century Art Guilds own Executive Director, Dr. Scott Smith, upon receiving the Guy Powell Award, given to him at an awards banquet the evening of January 22, 2015. The Midwest Partnership Economic Development announced him as this year’s winner of the award at Lake Panorama Conference Center. Audubon County, Iowa, a member of Midwest Partnership for four years, has only given the Guy Powell Award once previously.
This award is based on vision, leadership, courage and impact. Under Scott’s leadership, New Century Art Guild is providing guidance, training and career development for emerging and established artists and veterans. The guild focuses on Veterans returning from combat, often diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but classes and workshops are generally open to the public. Dr. Smith gives veterans an opportunity to express themselves and provide opportunities for closure of negative war experiences.
Scott’s courage is evident in his perseverance, as he meets the obstacles and barriers of establishing new commercial ventures in a rural community. Through his vision he is broadening Kimballton, Iowa’s visibility and economic growth. NCAG is proud of his acceptance of this well deserved award!
With help from a IWCC student, artist becomes advocate for veterans’ art
Monday, August 18, 2014 — By Casey Logan / World-Herald staff writer
Ten years ago, Muller, an art instructor at Metropolitan Community College, met a student named Billy Marples. For class, he submitted drawings of scenes from World War II. Soon the two bonded over military history. Muller asked if Marples, a Vietnam veteran, ever drew from his own experiences at war.
He hadn’t, but Marples seemed to take the question as a challenge. He later submitted a series of charcoal drawings based on his time in Vietnam, including one called “The Incident,” depicting an especially traumatic firefight.
“He got closure to this incident,” Muller said. “He had 35 years of nightmares, and it stopped that day when he made the drawing.”
That same year, Muller and Marples discussed starting an organization to support veteran artists. The mission wouldn’t be therapeutic in nature but rather to provide guidance and training for veterans interested in pursuing careers in visual art.
A decade later, the New Century Art Guild covers three buildings and more than 4,000 square feet of gallery and studio space in Kimballton, Iowa, about an hour’s drive northeast of Omaha. It is run by a third founder, Scott Smith. Muller, who remains based in Omaha, serves as art director. Marples died in 2013.
Through August, the center is home to “Unforgetting Iraq: In Search of Recovery,” a multi-media exhibit that has become all the more timely in recent weeks.
“We were coming from a point of reconciliation,” Muller said of the exhibit’s May opening, “and now we’re on a war front again.”
The exhibit, which features work by Americans and Iraqis, is a small part of Muller’s busy life these days. He still teaches at Metro. He also tries to find time to make his own art, some of which is on display at Modern Arts Midtown, 3615 Dodge St. A painter by training, Muller finds himself moving more and more to three-dimensional art, in part because so much of what is consumed these days comes from two-dimensional screens.
But Muller draws the most meaning these days from his work with veterans. He sees in their work a worldview and selflessness uncommon in the art world, and more and more he believes his own mission is to make sure such work sees the light of day — even if it means less time spent on his art.
“With the veterans I see such a huge return on the investment of my time,” he said.
This summer, for the duration of the exhibit Unforgetting Iraq:In Search of Recovery, NCAG is pleased to host Alison Ranniger, an ambitious young college art student as our student intern. Alison will watch the galleries and visit with guests entering the exhibit. She will also perform other tasks for the Guild. In return, she will enjoy use of the studio space and receive supervision from NCAG Art Director, Troy Muller. She will also receive 6 college credits for her work with NCAG.
Alison is a senior college student and Art Major in pursuit of her K-12 teaching licensure at CentralCollege in Pella, IA. She is from Manning, IA where she graduated from IKM-ManningHigh School. At CentralCollege she has worked in a wide range of media such as drawing, printmaking, painting, glassblowing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and bookmaking. She has also participated in CentralCollege’s study abroad program in Leiden, in the Netherlands where she studied Dutch art and architecture and worked with a Dutch artist under an independent study.
New Century Art Guild wishes to congratulate Kaitlyn Van Patten as the winner of our First Annual Competitive Student Artist Contest and as the recipient of the 2014 Visual Art Merit Scholarship $500.00 Award!
The level of talent and creativity evident in all the submissions, especially the six finalists, made it difficult to choose just one portfolio to receive the monetary award. Here are examples from the finalists:
Color and black and white photographer Tracy Stambaugh displayed a series of artworks in the Guild Gallery that represent Americana in the Midwest. Tracy was born and raised in Omaha, NE. After high school, he joined the Air Force and was a Law Enforcement troop with the Security Police; in service from 1995-1999. He was primarily stationed at Scott AFB, IL but spent time in Saudi Arabia and Spain. He said that the military taught him, among many other things, to pay attention to detail — a quality necessary to take good photographs. Tracy said that although he was relatively new to photography as an art form, and after picking up a professional-level camera only about two years ago, he has become completely infatuated with it: “I’m constantly thinking
about it, reading about it, looking at others’ work… I even dream about it. I never want to miss an opportunity to take a great photo, I carry my camera everywhere I go. I take photos of anything that catches my eye. I also enjoy coming up with ideas and experimenting, anything as long as I’m pushing that shutter
button.” He said he appreciated the opportunity to exhibit in the NCAG gallery to get feedback and valuable insight from gallery visitors. Tracy said his first goal is to finish school. He said, “I’m considering starting a home photography business, but want to find a niche, something that sets me apart from the rest.”
Mario Lopez, a 29 year old veteran from Bandera, Texas was the recipient of NCAG’s 2014 Veteran Artist Grant. The grant included an expense paid four-day visit to the Midwest. Troy Muller, NCAG Art Director, conducted three individualized painting workshops for Mario and curated a small exhibition of his paintings in the NCAG Gallery.
U.S. Army Sgt. Mario Lopez served in Iraq in 2006-7 and Afghanistan in 2008. In August of 2008, Mario was severely injured while on duty with a combat engineering unit in Afghanistan. As part of a routine convoy, Lopez was strapped into his MRAP Vehicle on his way to his next mission when a 300-pound roadside bomb exploded, creating a blast that sent the MRAP’s door hurtling into him and pinning him inside the burning vehicle. As a result of the blast, he sustained burns on more than 50 percent of his body and he subsequently lost his right arm, right ear, right eye and most of the fingers on his left hand.
Mario said, “While recovering in 2011, I picked up a paint brush with my remaining left fingers and began to experiment! Initially, I was painting just for myself, but friends and family started to inquire about my art. Before I knew it, I was getting attention and requests from people I had never even met!” Today, Mario and his wife, Danielle, are taking his painting career to the next level and sharing his ability and inspiration with others nationwide.
NEW CAREERS, NEW POSSIBILITIES, NEW DIRECTIONS FOR ARTISTS AND VETERANS