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Joe Bonham Project

Hahnemann Library will showcase illustrations from the Joe Bonham Project, a series of portraits of wounded US servicemen created at military hospitals around the country. The Joe Bonham Project represents efforts of wartime illustrators to document the struggles of U.S. service personal undergoing rehabilitation after traumatic front-line injuries.

The Project will be on display Tuesday, October 29th through Monday, November 11th and an opening event will be held on Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30 PM at Hahnemann Library, 245 North 15th Street, Philadelphia.

This event is Part of the Great Works Symposium 2013-2014
Co-sponsored by the Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies and the Pennoni Honors College.
Additional support comes from Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions and Drexel University Libraries.


The Joe Bonham Project is a group of outstanding artists dedicated to documenting the experiences of wounded service members from the Afghan and Iraq wars. It is named for the limbless, faceless protagonist of Dalton Trumbo’s 1939 novel Johnny Got His Gun – a searing look at the grim realities of the First World War.

The Joe Bonham Project was founded in 2009 by Michael D. Fay, a twenty-year combat marine turned combat artist. He and other artists, many civilian, realized while in the field that war does not end at the frontline for those wounded in combat. As a result, these artists travel the country to military hospitals powerfully chronicling the road to recovery.

Joining Fay will be Victor Juhasz, a renowned illustrator better known for his satirical, outsized caricatures in the pages of Rolling Stone and the New York Observer. Fay and Juhasz will give a talk on combat art followed by the opening reception for the Joe Bonham Project exhibit. Both events are free and open to the public

The New York Times, ABC News, CBS News and other major outlets have covered the work of the Joe Bonham Project. Britain’s Guardian newspaper described Mike Fay’s work this way. “A good artist who draws a damaged body records not just the scarred flesh but the emotions inherent in the act of drawing itself, and the human encounter between artist and portrait subject.”

For more information about The Joe Bonham Project:!

Date: Oct 29
Location: Hahnemann Library, 1st Floor Lobby
Time: 6:30 PM - 12:00 AM

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