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Hope for Our Vets: The Healing Power of Creativity

Thursday, December 4, 2014

6:00 pm EST - 7:00 pm EST


20141204_Vets_Chair“Hope for Our Vets,” ushers in Advent with a question: What gives hope to humanity in these complex times? What corresponds to our indomitable desire to live with meaning, even when confronted with handicaps, suffering, and confusion?

Smithsonian curator Jane Milosch, who served as an advisor to the ambitious Arts, Military + Healing (AMH) project, will introduce us to the healing power of art and craft for U.S. veterans facing the challenges of returning to daily life, and describe the artist workshops, exhibitions, and events held in 2012 at locations across Washington D.C., including the former Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, D.C. Jeremiah Holland, a 14-year military veteran and Corcoran graduate, will discuss his life as a returning Marine and his work as an artist and furniture craftsman.



Jeremiah Holland

Jeremiah Holland is a 14-year military veteran and Corcoran graduate who works as an artist and furniture craftsman. His work was included in the award-winning PBS TV series, Craft in America, which features veteran artists from the Corcoran in FORGE and the newly released SERVICE episodes.


20141204_Vets_MiloschJane Milosch

Jane Milosch has been a curator of contemporary craft and decorative arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery since October 2004.

Her research interests include American craft, decorative arts and contemporary art. Her most recent exhibition is “From the Ground Up: Renwick Craft Invitational 2007.” She was the curator of the landmark exhibition “Grand Wood’s Studio: Birthplace of ‘American Gothic’” that was on view at the Renwick in 2006.

Previously, Milosch was curator of collections and exhibitions at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in Iowa (2000–2004) and a curator at the Davenport Museum of Art in Iowa (1995–1997). From 1998 to 2000 she worked as a project director and editor at Prestel Publishing in Munich, Germany.

Milosch earned a bachelor’s degree in art education with a concentration in art history and studio art/ceramics from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. (1987). In 1987 she received a Fulbright Scholarship to study art history and ceramics at the University of Munich and the Munich Art Academy in Germany.

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