Current Exhibition

Veterans Book Project, Objects for Deployment, by Monica Haller

The Gallery at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center
January 19 – Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 20, 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Veterans Book Project is an artwork created by Monica Haller (Guggenheim Fellow 2010). The Veterans Book Project (VBP) consists of 50 soft-cover books, each written by a veteran, a member of a veteran’s family, or an Iraqi or Afghan civilian or refugee. As an exhibition, the purpose of the VBP is to stimulate honest nonpartisan discussions about war.

In 2005, motivated by a desire to understand the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Haller began asking veterans and others with first-hand experience of war to help her learn from their experiences. After finishing her first artwork devoted to this research, Riley and His Story (Paris: Onestar Press, 2009), Haller began facilitating book-making workshops around the country. She and a team of editors helped veterans organize their personal archives of photographs and their writing into manuscripts. The manuscripts were then published as print-on-demand, softbound books and as free digital downloads. These volumes comprise the VPB library. The books are designed to be read quickly, to give viewers/readers an immediate sense of the realities of war through photographs and first person narratives.


*This exhibition is on loan by Weeks Gallery at SUNY Jamestown Community College.