Perfect for the July Fourth holiday, Urban Art Gallery is hosting the “Freedom Endeavor,” a photographic show with audio, video and text media by Mount Vernon’s Steve Snyder.
If this sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because Snyder, who was named the artist of the year by the Missouri Arts Council, displayed a similar exhibit in Joplin two years ago.
“I try to honor veterans the whole month of July, so I brought (Snyder) back because he has more work, and these aren’t the same work people have seen before,” said Linda Teeter, owner of Urban Art Gallery.”
“Some veterans are suffering from Agent Orange and the different things that have happened to them on the battlefields or not even so much on the front lines,” Teeter continued.
Story boards next to each photo briefly details each of the veterans.
“The stories are different, and what I really like is that every branch is represented,” Teeter said.
“It all started out with me trying to figure out how to take a nice photo of my dad,” Snyder told The Joplin Globe in 2017. “He was just a great role model growing up. Then I thought, ‘Why do I have to just stop at him?’”
Each photograph, measuring 24 inches by 36 inches, features an image of a retired military member holding a picture of him- or herself in uniform. The veterans range from 24 to 84 years old and represent conflicts from World War II through the present.
Comparisons between the two can be, at times, dramatic.
“When we go out every day, just think about the people you see. How do you know they’re veterans?” Snyder told the Globe. “I tell them to come in (for the photo shoot) wearing what they’d wear on a typical day. I want them as they are now.”
The public is invited to meet Snyder during a reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the gallery.