January 31, 2013

The Tribute Will Continue to Tour

‘Always Lost’ on Display in Milwaukee

Courtesy Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Courtesy Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The power of the message and the war casualty numbers continue to make an impact on those who view “Always Lost: A Meditation on War,” nearly four years after the exhibit was created by Western Nevada College students.

Now on display at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wis., the personal tribute to American war casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan often overwhelms viewers.

“It just blew me away. It moved me,” Mary Staudemaier, a Mount Mary board member, recently told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about her first encounter with the exhibit.

Mount Mary College Art Therapy Department Chair Bruce Moon told Fox6 TV News in Milwaukee that the exhibit is thought-provoking.

“It helps people remember and bring honor to those folks, but it also stimulates conversation and thought about the cost of war,” Moon said.

“Always Lost” was created at WNC in the fall of 2008 by a members of a creative writing class. What emerged was a “Wall of the Dead” that honors every U.S. military casualty in Afghanistan and Iraq since Sept. 11, 2001. The exhibit includes names and photographs of the deceased, as well as prose and poems from WNC professor emeritus Marilee Swirczek’s creative writing classes, veterans and their families; and 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs by David Leeson and Cheryl Diaz Meyer, courtesy of the Dallas Morning News.

The response from Mount Mary College supports the plan to continue touring the exhibit.

“We're very pleased that the exhibition has been received so warmly in Milwaukee by Mount Mary College,” said Swirczek. The exhibit traveled there from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., and is scheduled to remain in Milwaukee through February 16 before moving on to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for a March 17-April 26 showing.


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