After two years of working and planning and with the help of West Point's English and Philosophy Department, the Graffiti of War Project was finally honored with the invitation to exhibit these amazing works of art.
Given the most prestigious area on the entire post, the exhibit was an incredible sight to see and an enormous success with not only the hundreds of cadets which filed through over the four days, but with the professors and even the superintendent of the academy, LTG Robert Caslen, Jr.
The success of this show was due to the dedication and determination of not only our team but of several key individuals at the university including:
Colonel Scott Krawczyk - Department Head LTC David Harper - Academy Professor LTC Peter Molin - Academy Professor Major Thomas Ward - Instructor Dr. Richard Johnston - Assistant Professor Major Paul Deleon - Instructor Mrs Soo Jin Rademacher - Executive Assistant
As well as many, MANY more who played a role in ensuring the success of this complex but exciting event. We were honored to showcase this exhibit at our Nation's premiere military academy and our hope for this show and future events is to influence the next generation of military and civilian leaders with a better understanding of the psychological effects of modern armed conflict on those they will send or even lead into battle.
- GO ARMY BEAT NAVY!-
President's Weekend 2012
For just over 2 years, Mike Teutul has been turning to art as more than just a hobby. "I started painting about two years ago, out of boredom. I was working at Orange County Choppers, and I was sort of aimlessly wondering what to do with myself. I felt like a kind of Vegas act, waiting to meet and greet people at the door. The producer Adam suggested I do some portraits of the cast and crew, people I'm very fond of. So I started painting everybody. I didn't think anyone would want to buy any of my art, I just wanted to paint."
According to his website, he found his new passion was more than just fun. "I really enjoyed it, and I found it therapeutic. I became obsessed with it, and that was probably a good thing. If I don't concentrate my addictive behavior on something positive, it will definitely go to the negative, I don't make any bones about that."
This is what would bring the Wolf Gang Gallery and the Graffiti of War Project in contact with each other. Many of our staff, specifically our founder, Doc Parsons were avid fans of the American Chopper series and specifically, Mikey. He's funny, kind and most of all, he is relatable. After watching the show one night in 2011, Doc decided to reach out to Mikey and his gallery.
Though his curator and gallery manager, Jenny, we were able to work out a tentative date in February to bring the Graffiti of War Project to Montgomery, New York to further help our efforts to raise national awareness for those suffering from the invisible wounds of war, PTSD and TBI.
Thanks to Mikey's dedication and the extraordinary work of his gallery manager and close friends, we were able to present one of our best exhibits. In addition to the critical success of this event, we were able to raise thousands of dollars for the project and our non-profit partners thanks to our growing list of sponsors which included:
As well as many more individuals, friends and families in the Hudson Valley area that came out to support this project and helped us further the cause to be the voice to the voiceless and raise awareness for those suffering from the invisible wounds of war, PTSD and TBI. Without each and every one of them, this project would never be where we are now.
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