Acclaimed Exhibition on War Shows April 17 - May 3
‘Always Lost: A Meditation on War’ has returned to its roots. Western Nevada College’s acclaimed creative writing/photographic exhibit is on display in The Nevada Legislature building in Carson City, in the second floor Atrium. The exhibit is open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., from April 17 to May 3. It is free to the public.
An opening ceremony for the exhibit was Wednesday, April 17. It included an appearance by an Army National Guard Honor Guard and a presentation of the colors.
‘Always Lost’ began as a creative writing class assignment at WNC. At the heart of the exhibition is the Wall of the Dead, which features the faces of the more than 6,500 servicemen and women who have died in the wars since September 11, 2001. Those images, combined with the writings of the students and other Northern Nevadans, and Pulitzer Prize winning photos used with permission from the Dallas Morning News, comprise the exhibit.
Project Manager Amy Roby says she is extremely happy the project received the opportunity to display in Carson City.
“It is so fitting that this project, which originated in Carson City and has been traveling across our nation since fall 2010, has been shared with Nevadans in such a special place as the Legislative Building,” she said.
A traveling version of the exhibit is currently on display at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. It has been displayed more than a dozen times at venues across the country.
The exhibit on display at the Legislature is newly replicated thanks to a gift from Carson Nugget/Community First. It will make its debut at this exhibition.
Professor Emeritus and project co-creator Marilee Swirczek shares Roby’s excitement and appreciation.
“We are so excited to share this particular edition of the exhibition with our honorable legislators, who represent the entire state, as well as with our community. The people we are working with embrace the idea of the exhibition and respect the sacrifices made by our military service members in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. We know the exhibition, in their care, will be beautiful and meaningful,” she said.
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