Gallery

Veterans Gallery San Francisco, Room 102: The Veterans Gallery San Francisco, is dedicated to preserving and presenting historical artifacts and information related to our country’s wars and military service in an accessible and educational setting. Wars and military service are often mythologized in ways that obscure the horror of wars, and the lasting effects they have on the men and women who serve, the civilians caught up in them, and the environmental damage they inflict. The Veterans Gallery seeks to bring an honest and wide ranging series of temporary exhibits to these issues.

2022 Exhibit

REMEMBERED LIGHT 13 artists created 25 windows and  glass art pieces from stained glass shards. US Army Chaplain Frederick McDonald found in the rubble of war-shattered churches and a synagogue during World War II. Exhibit Dates: August 28 – November 20, Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–6pm. Closed on holidays.

“You don’t understand what it’s like to be walking through desolation with no one else there. It was my first experience at how obliterating war can be to the efforts of mankind…..There was glass everywhere and I picked up quite a number of these broken pieces that were deeply smoked by the explosion of the bombs. I put them away and then mailed them home. The shards represented something deep that you ought to remember about this. It’s so often a little thing that can bring back a flood or memories into your head.”

Reverend F. A. McDonald


PAST EXHIBITS 2022

2021 — Gallery Closed

2020

2019 Past Exhibits:

2018 Past Exhibits:

  • 2018 April 4-11 My Lai Memorial Exhibit — Remembering 50 Years Ago A Memorial To The Vietnamese Victims Of The American War — 50th Commemorative traveling exhibit created by the Chicago Chapter of Veterans For Peace.

2017 Past Exhibits:

  • 2017 January 28, 11am Combat Paper + Crochet Jam Part II Two renowned workshops in two interactive afternoons — participants creatively transform donated military uniforms into handmade art objects. Part 1 make paper from uniforms: dry process and Part 2 wet process and learn a single-stitch technique that will have you crocheting in minutes. Iraq War veteran Drew Cameron (Combat Paper) and Ramekon O’Arwisters (Crochet Jam) lead discussions about life, trauma and transformation.

2016 Past Exhibits:

Veterans Building, Photos: San Francisco Public Library