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  • Writer's pictureDiana de Avila

Virginia War Memorial Inagural Exhibit – Four Curated Pieces from “The Red Dot Artist&#8

Updated: Jun 10, 2020

Truly one of the greatest honors of my life – besides serving my Country. This is another way to serve.

I was approached by the Director of The Virginia War Memorial and asked to submit artwork for an Inaugural Exhibit running from 11 September 2019 through 31 January 2020. The attached are the pieces chosen from my wide array of work.

This was the note I received from the Director after he approached me through Facebook Messenger and visited my website. I’m so humbled by this opportunity! The stars are aligning and God is good.


Amazing! Looking through your website is like walking through an exquisite gallery of colors, shape, and mood. Lots of “ooo’s” and “aaaaah’s” coming from the folks gathered around my computer screen.

I’d agree that 30×30 prints on metal would be a great fit, both for the size of the gallery and potential sales.

Looking through your site, we came up with four favorites. I have attached them to this. …”

The rest of the note was more legalese regarding the exhibit and commissions, etc.

The Virginia War Memorial is amazing!!! A quick blurb from their “about” page:

“The Virginia War Memorial is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s premier monument, museum, and educational center honoring the memory of all Virginians who demonstrated a willingness to serve and fight to defend the United States from World War II through today.

Through educational outreach, exhibits, documentary films, and patriotic programming, we strive to continually educate students of all ages and backgrounds on the experiences of those who served and their families on the homefront.

The Memorial’s Museum, the Shrine of Memory, and the Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center serve as one of Virginia’s best resources for educational programming regarding American history from the birth of our nation to the present. The Virginia War Memorial regularly hosts a variety of school programs, both on and off site, lectures, exhibitions, seminars, and ceremonies to fulfill our mission:

Honoring our Veterans, Preserving our History, Educating our Youth, and Inspiring Patriotism in All.”

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