"The Gray Area: Living in Transition" in Gallery 31

July 2, 2014 to July 20, 2014
Brenda Marie Montague, Not a Date (Iraq), digital inkjet print, 2010. Courtesy of the artist.

The Gray Area: Living in Transition is a collective exhibition that serves as a visual study of the boundaries between military life and civilian life, on view in the Corcoran College of Art and Design's Gallery 31.

The Gray Area features a variety of mediums including photography, film, painting, and animation produced by members of the newly-formed Corcoran College of Art and Design Veterans Committee, comprised of Corcoran students and alumni who are veterans or current members of the reserve.

After experiencing a regimented life of restrictions and expectations while in service, soldiers find that the edges between war and home can blur, as what was once black and white begins to fade into gray. One veteran and artist in the exhibition, Heather Muniz, describes this gray area as “the area that I have found myself in repeatedly since I’ve left the military. This is the place where I’ve left the structure of the military and entered the world of freedom. My work in this show is a manifestation of the emotional places I have been – the confusion, sadness, and anger of the experience.”

Admission to The Gray Area: Living in Transition is free and open to the public during all regular museum hours. An artists’ talk will take place on opening night, Wednesday, July 2, at 6 p.m., with a reception to follow. The talk and reception are free and open to the public.