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Death Singing will be performed by The Subliminator at 5:15 pm

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5:30 - 6:00
Reception with Refreshments
Thank You to White Tiger
& Big City Bread
for refreshments!

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Sunday, September 26th, 2010
03:30 PM - 06:00 PM

Mission Accomplished
Closing Events

Vets & Their Families, Peace Activists &
Artists Discuss the Iraq War
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3:30-4:30 pm Readings and Discussion by
(from Left to Right) Hope Hilton, Jamie
Keyes, Beth Zorbanos, Mike Hodges
4:30-5:15 pm Panel Discussion and Q & A
with Artists (from Left to Right) Moderator
Dr. Patricia Priest, Cecelia Kane, James Buonaccorsi, Blaine Whisenhunt
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    3:30 p.m.
      Am I part of the cure, or am I part of the disease?
    Hope Hilton, an artist and performer, will read letters written to her by her brother Ryan while he was stationed in Iraq in 2003. A multiple award winner, Hilton recently moved to Athens from Atlanta.

    3:40 p.m.
      PTSD from a Veteran Mother’s perspective and support group facilitator
    Jamie Keyes is the founder and facilitator of a local support group for families of soldiers and veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is the mother of Nathan, an incarcerated veteran. She will tell her son’s tragic story and discuss PTSD: his case is the subject of a Brave New Foundation documentary, From War To Prison, included in the ‘In their Boots’ series.
    Ms Keyes has spent two years promoting changes in the criminal justice system to better support combat veterans suffering from PTSD. She will show the judicial system treats veterans charged with non-violent crimes. She is also on the board and oversight committee of the Georgia Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program for Veterans.

    4:05 p.m.

      Athens’ Women in Black member speaks of weekly Vigils for Peace
    Beth Zorbanos is a member of the Athens’ Women in Black chapter--which has held vigils every Tuesday in front of the UGA arch for 7-1/2 years--she will discuss the group’s history and being a peace advocate.

    4:15 p.m.
      Q&A with Hope Hilton - Artist, Mike Hodges - Veteran,
    Jamie Keyes - PTSD and Beth Zorbanos - Women in Black
    Discuss the war’s effect on individuals and their families with the presenters, as well as hear first hand accounts from Mike Hodges a veteran of both Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts. He was awarded a Bronze Star twice, as well as numerous other awards such as a Humanitarian Service Medal during his seven years of service.

    4:30 p.m.
       The Art of Mission Accomplished: Artists' Panel Discussion and Q&A
    Moderated by Dr. Patricia Priest, independent writer and radio producer.
       -with Featured Project Artist Cecelia Kane,
        whose The Hand to Hand Project chronicles the entire Iraq War,
       -Sculptor James Buonaccorsi &
       -Installation Artist Blaine Whisenhunt
    The panel will explore issues raised by the artists’ works.
    Mr. Whisenhunt will be traveling from Missouri to join us for the afternoon!

    Dr. Priest brings years of media research, radio and newspaper commentary to the table. Her interest in war and peace stems in part from her father's death in Vietnam in 1972. One of her award winning commentaries--which aired on GPB--discussed rape in the military.

    5:15 p.m.
       D e a t h   S i n g i n g: A Performance by The Subliminator
    Serson Brannen, aka The Subliminator, is known for constructing rich soundscapes by intertwining digital theremins, vocal processors and phrase samplers -- in this recently composed piece which addresses the Iraq war, he comments on the general populace’s blindness “to the transgressions we as a nation commit.” A four-time winner of Creative Loafing's ‘Best of Atlanta’ awards, his performances are intense, layered and deeply effecting.

    You can read David Fitzgerald sign his praises in his Flagpole Magazine ‘Live Review’ of The Subliminator's last appearance at ATHICA last May.

    5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
        Reception with Participants
        Refreshments by White Tiger Gourmet  & Big City Bread

    Participating Artists
    Serson Brannen, aka The Subliminator is a four-time winner of Creative
    Loafing's Best of Atlanta Awards. He constructs rich soundscapes by
    intertwining digital theremins, vocal processors and phrase samplers
    with poetic narratives from unconventional angles. The artist comments
    that the origin of Death Singing, the piece he will perform for this
    event, was influenced by what he witnessed with dismay during the past
    July fourth in Marietta, GA. “It's a comment on the fact that the
    general populace is blind to the transgressions that we as a nation
    commit.” The artist will release the piece as an EP on Scared Records in
    early 2011.

    James Buonaccorsi has taught at the  Lamar Dodd School of Art at the
    University of Georgia as a sculpture  professor since 1993. Since
    earning his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1984, his work has
    been exhibited widely across the country. Buonaccorsi's work has been
    included in over 150 exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at City
    Gallery Chastain in Atlanta, GA, 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, FL,
    Fugitive Art Center in Nashville, TN, and Marshall Arts in Memphis, TN.
    His most recent solo exhibition was No Fear of Content held at the Flood
    Fine Art Center in Asheville, NC in 2008. His work has received
    numerous awards including the Reese Collection Annual Purchase Award at
    the University of Tennessee and The Martin and Doris Rosen Award at the
    Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition at Appalachian State University in
    Boone, NC. He has also received a Georgia State Council for the Arts
    Individual Artist Grant, the M.G. Michael Award for outstanding research
    and two University of Georgia Senior Faculty research grants.

    Hope Hilton graduated cum laude from the Atlanta College of Art in 2003
    and magna cum laude from The City University of New York, Hunter College
    in 2008. Hilton, co-founder of the artist collective Dos Pestañeos
    (Atlanta/NYC), curates, collaborates, designs, publishes, writes and
    walks as an artist. In May 2005, "You are My Salvation", a public space
    for collaboration and events, opened in her MFA studio. Here she acted
    as host to national art collectives and exhibitions for two years. In
    2005 she was awarded the ‘Good Earthling Award,’ presented in the form
    of a grant by the artist Harrell Fletcher and CalArts. In Winter 2007
    Hilton completed a 60-mile memorial walk in the Southern United States
    to recognize the walk a slave named Henry made to announce the birth of
    her great-great grandmother. She was a participant at the University of
    Regina in Canada in October 2007 as part of "Open Engagement: Art After
    Aesthetic Distance" and recently completed projects include a silent
    walk commemorating the Black Heritage Trail in Boston for Brandeis
    University, silent walks in various locations, walking all over San
    Francisco using strangers’ directions for 30 days, and a Dos Pestañeos
    retrospective at Alfred University. Hilton was awarded a grant in 2010
    from the Forward Arts Foundation in Atlanta and is currently a finalist
    for the Hudgen's Prize. Hilton resides in a crooked farmhouse on a
    hilltop near Athens, Georgia.

    Michael Hodges

    joined the US Army on March 13, 2003 shortly before the
    invasion of Iraq by coalition forces. His seven years of service have
    included two combat tours, one in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, and
    participation in the humanitarian aid response to the aftermath of
    Hurricane Katrina. Hodges was in charge of the first air operations team
    that responded to Hurricane Katrina along the Mississippi Gulf Coast
    where his team coordinated all the rotary wing search & rescue
    response as well as the humanitarian aid response. Shortly after Hodges
    was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF, Afghanistan)
    from late 2005 until late 2006 as an Aviation Operations
    Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) for the 2nd Battalion 20th Special Forces
    Group (Airborne). In March 2009 until March 2010 Hodges was again
    deployed, this time in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) with the
    1st Squadron 230th Air Cavalry Regiment as an Aviation Operations NCO.
    Hodges has been awarded the Humanitarian Service Medal, a Commendation
    from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a Meritorious Service
    Award from the FBI, the Army Achievement Medal in 2004 and again in
    2005, and twice he has been awarded the Bronze Star for exceptionally
    meritorious service in combat once for his service in OEF and again for
    his service in OIF. Hodges was honorably discharged from the US Army on
    August 8th, 2010 and currently resides in Athens, GA.

    Cecelia Kane, a resident of Decatur, GA, has been a nationally
    exhibiting artist for over 18 years and has had nine solo shows since
    earning her MFA from Georgia State University in 1997. The Hand to Hand
    Project has been exhibited at 13  venues across the country since its
    creation in 2003.(The 2005 gloves were included in ATHICA's 2006 America
    on the Brink exhibit.) She is also a performance artist who has
    appeared at many art venues such as Ruby Green Gallery in Nashville, TN
    and The Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University in
    Atlanta, GA. Many of these were for events concerned with women's issues
    and war, such as her "Red, Blue & White" performance during
    ATHICA's America on the Brink group exhibit where she performed "Red
    Dresses and Blue Trousers" accompanied by drummer Amazing Lizardo on
    November 5, 2006. Her most recent solo shows in Atlanta include How Am I
    Feeling at the Opal Gallery in 2010 and Heads at the Sycamore Place
    Gallery in 2007. She has served as a visiting artist and guest lecturer
    at numerous universities including the Savannah College of Art, Georgia
    College & State University, the Atlanta College of Art, Georgia
    State University, and Middle Tennessee University. Kane held an artist
    residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT in October 1994
    and multiple residencies at the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, GA from
    1994 to 2009. She was the recipient of a grant from the Atlanta Bureau
    of  Cultural Affairs in 2002, Idea Capital in 2009, and a  participant
    in the Studio Artist program at the  Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
    from 2000 to 2005.

    Jamie Keyes, mother of a U.S. veteran presently incarcerated as a result
    of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), has spent the past two years
    promoting changes in the criminal justice system that better support
    combat veterans suffering from PTSD. As an advisory board and outreach
    sub-committee member for the Georgia Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery
    Program for Veterans, Keyes and other board members provide oversight
    and guidance on how the State runs the jail diversion program which
    helps direct veterans diagnosed with PTSD and charged with non-violent
    crimes into treatment and case management, rather than incarceration.
    Keyes is also the founder and facilitator of an ongoing local support
    group for families of soldiers and veterans who have PTSD, and the
    moderator and creator of two online support groups for families of
    incarcerated veterans. In 2008, Brave New Foundation produced the
    documentary “From War To Prison” featuring Jamie and her son Nathan for intheirboots.com.
    The documentary, which will air on PBS in the near future, tells the
    story of Nathan’s arrest, his struggle with PTSD and the impact on his
    family and the judicial system.

    Patricia J. Priest holds a doctorate from the University of Georgia’s
    Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, where her research
    interests centered on mediated images of individuals and social
    movements.  She's an independent writer and radio producer who has
    written pieces for public radio shows such as "Living on Earth" and
    publications such as The Washington Post.  One of her award winning
    commentaries, which aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting, took up the
    issue of rape in the military. Her interest in issues of war and peace
    stems in part from her father's death in Vietnam in 1972.

    Blaine Whisenhunt, an assistant professor of sculpture at Drury
    University in Springfield, MO, has been  exhibiting since 1995 in
    numerous group shows nationally and internationally and he has had three
    solo exhibits. His most recent was Indoctri-N A T I O N in 2006 at the
    Pool Art Center  Gallery in Springfield, MO. Whisenhunt received his MFA
    from Louisiana State University in 2000 and has subsequently taught in
    universities in Louisiana, Arkansas and  Missouri. The installation in
    this exhibit, Weapons of Mass Compassion, was awarded the First Place
    Award in the 2006 MOAK 4-State Regional Exhibition and has been
    exhibited previously at the Springfield Art  Museum in Springfield, MO,
    at FGCU Art Gallery in Fort Myers, FL, at Atlantic Gallery in New York
    City, NY, and at the Fulbright Center for the Arts at the University of
    Arkansas Fine Art Gallery in Fayetteville, AR.

    Beth Zorbanos has participated in the Athens GA Women in Black group
    since its beginning seven and half years ago. For several years now she
    has also organized Music for Peace Concerts for the International Day of
    Peace. Zorbanos also walks with Footprints for Peace and several other
    groups who walk to raise awareness to causes calling for peace such as
    Nuclear Nonproliferation, Native American Rights and a call to Close the
    School of the Americas. Zorbanos has lived in Madison Co. for the past
    28 years with her husband Pete. They have three sons. She is an organic
    gardener, winemaker, and lover of the forest & the night sky.
    Intentional actions for the cause of Peace have become a way of life for
    her, whether she is standing vigil with Women in Black, walking with
    Footprints for Peace, working on a Concert for Peace or planting more

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