Aaron Hughes was an Artist-In-Residence at Lycoming College February 21-28, 2016. Hughes and fellow veteran artists Nathan Lewis and Kevin Basl created a collaborative installation at the Lycoming College Art Gallery with Lycoming College Art students, faculty and local artists. The installation included large murals drawn on the wall of the gallery and prints from four Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative print portfolios highlighting the issues of war, resource depletion, and climate change: Resourced, War is Trauma, We are the Storm, and Celebrate People’s History: Iraq Veterans Against the War. Resource Wars is presented in conjunction with the Lycoming College Spring Symposium on Veteran Issues.
"From the companies involved, to the communities most impacted, to the underpinning economic and political interests, there is a haunting mirroring between wars and occupations abroad, and resource extraction here in the United States." Resource Wars is a collaborative residency and exhibition by artist, activist, and Iraq War veteran Aaron Hughes that explores the relationship between resource extraction in Pennsylvania and wars abroad.
In 2003 Hughes was in college when he was called to active duty and deployed to Kuwait and Iraq as a truck driver with the Illinois National Guard. Hughes received an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University and works with art, veteran, and activist organizations.
Read an interview about Resource Wars with Iraq Veteran and artist, Kevin Basl
For more information, please visit Hughes' website.
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