In We The People: Portraits of Veterans in America, artist Mary Whyte has created a series of 50 moving watercolor portraits of Veterans, one from each state, of all ages and all walks of life. The portraits began as an effort to paint the face of America and turned into an all-consuming mission to uphold and honor the hidden heroes of our country. Each painting illustrates a Veteran’s reintegration back into society and the workforce after their military service. Portraits include a barber, mayor, zookeeper, plumber, rancher, clown, chef, astronaut and many others.
“The people I painted represent all that is good and right about our nation,” said Mary Whyte. “All of these men and women once signed a blank check on the value of their life and handed it to the American people.”
This is the national traveling exhibition’s first stop following the City Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina, where it originated. We The People is presented at the museum through the generosity of Big Lots.