VETART’s most basic mission is to teach, make, and share art. VETART’s down-to-earth, open-minded, actions-speak-louder-than-words culture is accessible and simple. VETART approaches art, and teaching art, believing that a society gains a vastly deepened network of visual/psychological power and cohesion by cultivating a visual artistic language that can be shared by all people to all people. For service men and women and their families, the reliance on power and cohesion is strong. VETART uses art and teaching art as a bridge for soldiers and their families to maintain hope and comfort through power, cohesion and engagement as they deal with their conditions.
The Veterans Art Project engages veterans, active duty, spouses, dependents, and veterans' advocates through a process driven, Deep Arts Engagement, DAE©.
DAE© gives Veterans a voice through art and by providing free classes in process heavy disciplines (ceramics, glass, wood, and bronze casting). We work tirelessly to connect military and civilians alike through the process of art making and sharing.
Through hundreds of classes, workshops, and demonstrations across the San Diego region and country, VETART has enabled veterans to connect with others and discover an outlet for expressing their emotions and experiences through the art-making process.
In addition to being strong pieces of art, completed bronze pieces also provide a tool for public outreach and education that reach far beyond the classroom. Check out work samples here.
Steve Dilley, M.F.A.
Executive Director of VETART and Instructor
Greetings my name is Steve Dilley M.F.A. I am the director of the Veterans Art Project. I was moved after 9/11 to help Veterans, active duty and spouses through Art making. I have a profound weight of responsibility to reach out and help other people through Art and the process of Art making. I believe it is urgent to help our contemporary military population to share all the benefits that a life of Art making gives. In addition to running the day to day with VETART, Steve is an Associate Professor of Art/Sculpture at Grossmont College in El Cajon, CA.
VETART Instructor, U.S. Navy Veteran
Reginald Green was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He is a 15 -year, medically retired Navy Veteran. “Reggie” got into art to “heal”, “explore his creativity”, and to do something positive and productive to shift his focus off his highly debilitating migraines, headaches, depression, and lower back pain that he acquired from his active duty service. Prior to finding VETART, Reggie took it upon himself to learn the basics of molding, painting, and expressing himself through sculpting and various or types of art: "When I create art , it allows me to get lost in the process and takes my mind off the pain,” Reggie says. Reggie is a VETART participant and after volunteering for a year and a half with the organization showing his dedication, willingness , passion for art and helping veterans, he was hired as an VETART instructor and teaches classes at the ASPIRE Center, The V.A. in La Jolla , and at the VETART School of Foundry in Fallbrook, CA. Reggie currently lives in San Diego, CA.
Why bronze casting?
Bronze casting is a tradition that is inextricably intertwined with warriors; it not only helped shape the ancient world through technological advancement, but bronze art has been used to memorialize and make meaning out of human conflict during the times of ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, and China. By learning this skill, we become part of a tradition that transcends time.
By joining we hope you feel welcome and part of a community of people that like to connect through art. We are a down-to-earth, open-minded, actions-speak-louder-than-words kind of people.
Our most basic mission is to teach, make, and share art. The rest takes care of itself.
We welcome you.