Photo Exhibit Captures Reactions to the Vietnam Memorial

Published on: October 01, 2008

Photographer Tom Morrissey captures the moving experiences of visitors to the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in stark black and white.

Nearly 40 photographs, taken between 1983 and 2000, will be on display in the exhibit "Between the Lines: Photographs from the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial" at Lone Star College-Kingwood between October 14 and November 14.

As a Vietnam veteran and a witness to the erection and subsequent controversy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Morrissey describes these photographs as the documentation of a nation's healing process.  The photographs capture the emotions of visitors to the monument, including those of Gold Star Mothers.  The American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is an organization of women who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country.

"This is his [Morrissey's] response to an event he lived through.  It was a very significant time in our nation's history and he was an eyewitness to it," says Kris Larson, Director of the LSC-Kingwood Art Gallery.  "This information must get passed to the next generation."

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a national war memorial located in Washington D.C.  It was erected in 1982 and serves to recognize and honor members of the U.S. Armed Forces who fought in the Vietnam War and who died in service or are still unaccounted for.  The memorial consists of three separate parts: the Three Soldiers statue, the Vietnam Women's Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.  The National Vietnam Veterans Memorial receives over 3 million visitors a year. 

With Veterans Day occurring during the show on November 11 and with everything that is going on in politics and government, Larson says the exhibit couldn't be more timely.  Larson feels the exhibit will be a true learning experience for both students and community members. 

Larson hopes to have recorded narratives from the artist under each photograph to give visitors an even greater sense of understanding.  "Tom speaks to groups about rehabilitation through art and his experiences as a veteran,' says Larson.

The opening reception will be on Tuesday, October 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.   The show and opening reception are free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Art Gallery is closed on the weekends.  The Gallery is located in the Student Center/Fine Arts Building.

For more information, contact the Art Gallery at 281-312-1534.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.