I hope everyone is doing well! Thank you for your continual support of The Homecoming Project throughout this year and the previous two years. We have developed and grown in SO MANY positive ways in 2013... I'm consistently trying to keep up with it all!!! The great news is that through photography and media we have reached thousands of veterans, their family members and their communities with education on PTSD and ways to take action against military suicide, which is our primary goal. Read below for more news!
In the fall of 2012 The Homecoming Project exhibited and traveled in several gallery exhibitions including:
The Houston Center for Photography's "Soldier, At Ease";The Museum of Fine Arts Houston's "War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath" Exhibition (currently traveling and at the Corcoran Museum in DC); Northlight Gallery's "The End Of War" in Phoenix, AZ; Tilt Gallery's "The End Of War" in Phoenix; The Third Floor Gallery's "Winter in America" in Cardiff, UK; and The United Photo Industries' "FotoVisura Exhibition" in New York City.
At these exhibitions The Homecoming Project shined and was the topic of conversation amongst thousands of gallery visitors, military and civilian alike. Additionally, I gave several artist talks, engaging with audiences in Houston and at NYC Fotofest.
In the spring of 2013, I worked non-stop to put together The Homecoming Project's first solo exhibition which ended up growing into a collection of imagery, including the photography of Craig Walker, Ron Haviv, Gary Knight, Peter Van Agtmael, Damon Winter, and many more. The exhibition, "In War's Wake" (SEE: our feature on NPPA News) was curated by Texas Monthly's Leslie Baldwin and Pentagram's DJ Stout, and opened May 18th at The Dougherty Arts Center in Austin, Texas. Ashley Gilbertson joined us as our keynote speaker, which was followed by a panel discussion led by Paul Sullivan and involved Sharon Wills of the Austin VA and Sean Hanna from Hope for Heroes. It was an incredible night and a big success, and it wouldn't have been possible without so many people from the community pitching in to see the exhibition come to life, including The Image Loft of Machester, Vermont, which donated the show's exhibition prints. It was definitely one of The Homecoming Project's proudest moments.
We have also recently partnered with StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative, which aims to record thousands of veterans' stories around the country. StoryCorps joined us in May at the Dougherty Arts Center to record veterans and their family members - we are so proud to support their cause and partner with such a fantastic organization!
In mid-June I FINALLY sent out all of The Homecoming Project Kickstarter rewards - thank you for your patience on this! We contacted every backer twice to ask for mailing addresses to ship out rewards. If you did not receive a reward and you would like to claim yours, please send me an email: email@example.com.
Lastly, we have a lot of wonderful plans and opportunities coming up in 2013, including the lauch of THCP's second Kickstarter campaign which will kick-off this summer. To have the endurance and momentum required by a long-term project such as this, it means more fundraising and donating to see our project goals through. You will all receive a link to the new Kickstarter Campaign once it is launched, and I invite you to keep informed and a part of The Homecoming Project community as we continue to progress forward!
And as always, my apologies for the long silences - which translates to: I work so many hours on this project, I barely have time to keep people updated on it's progress! But please know, I am constantly working hard in one way or another for veteran advocacy (even if you don't hear from me for a while). For more frequent updates, please check out THCP's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Homecomingproject?fref=ts
Thank you again for your support, and please don't hesitate to email me with any questions about the project, it's future plans, or how you might be able to get involved. More to come soon!
Very best wishes, Erin Trieb
Images of "In War's Wake" at The Dougherty Arts Center below: