Art exhibit honoring America’s veterans debuts at Charleston airport

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Lowcountry Weekend) - The Charleston International Airport unveiled a temporary premiere art exhibit that honors veterans.

The exhibit, titled “From War to Words – A visual Voices Portrait Series by Jason Myers,” is a partnership with CreatiVets. The 22-piece collection consists of 11 portraits of wounded veterans accompanied by 11 graphic representations of the songs written by the featured veterans.

“I’m hoping this portrait project captures the enormous gratitude I have for these patriots and countless others who have served our country,” portrait series photographer Jason Myers said.

The airport is displaying a condensed version of the exhibit in the terminals’ baggage claim area through Labor Day and will encompass both audio and visual elements.

“This is a very special way to express our gratitude and support of our military veterans. The Lowcountry area of Charleston has a very strong military presence and this exhibit reflects our community, our pride and our history,” Charleston International Airport Executive Director and CEO Elliott Summey said.

Singer & Songwriter Tommy Karlas, who co-wrote songs with veterans that are featured in the exhibit, performed some of the exhibit’s featured songs during the unveiling. Meyers also took part in the ceremony in the airport’s Central Hall.

CreatiVets’ mission is to empower wounded veterans to heal through the arts and music.

“I am so excited to have CreatiVets represented in the Charleston International Airport. Whether it’s the veteran that wrote the song through our program or the veteran/military personnel reading these lyrics or listening to the song, music is monumental to their healing and to the way they can communicate their experience to others,” CreatiVets CEO and Co-Founder Richard Casper said. “Individuals that have no military experience will also enjoy hearing these songs as it will help them better understand the veteran/military community. With the strong active duty and veteran population in and around Charleston, it makes so much sense for this photo and lyric series to be here.”

The organization has worked with more than 850 veterans from 48 different states who are recovering from visible and non-visible wounds through their art and music programs.

When the exhibit is complete at the airport, CreatiVets will donate it to Joint Base Charleston to continue to raise awareness and to support veterans.

Patrick Phillips

Patrick joined the Live 5 News team in October 2006.