Back to News

Rethink Perception Exhibition Returns for the Gallery Crawl

Pittsburgh, PA…September 13, 2018…The Office of Public Art, in collaboration with Rethink Vets and The Heinz Endowments, will bring back the exhibition Rethink Perception for ten days beginning on September 21, and concluding on September 30.  The exhibition features the work of six artist-veterans from around the United States.  Housed in a repurposed shipping container reminiscent of those often utilized in overseas military deployments, the climate-controlled exhibition space will be located adjacent to 212 10th Street, Pittsburgh, 15222.  Rethink Perception is free and open to the public. To see gallery hours, please visit: 

Rethink Vets is a coalition of organizations working to change the perception of how returning veterans are viewed by the American public. The exhibition features the work of six artist-veterans: Alicia Dietz (Richmond, VA), Jonas Lara (Oxnard, CA), Jamie Peterson (Columbia, SC), Hector René (Brooklyn, NY), Ehren Tool (Berkeley, CA), and Elise Wells (Stahlstown, PA). Each artist is a member of the United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance (USVAA), an award-winning, multidisciplinary nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for veterans working across the humanities. Selected for their unique perspectives and strong artistic abilities, the artists and their works are intended to raise awareness about how veterans work, challenge veteran stereotypes, and celebrate the significant contributions of veterans to both military and civilian life.

Rethink Perception first opened at the 2018 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and engaged over 1,500 visitors. Retired Medical Service Corps Captain Sean Tyler volunteered as a gallery attendant during the festival. "As a veteran, I found the Rethink Perception exhibit at the Three Rivers Arts Festival to be eye-opening and provocative. The exhibition overall challenged the status quo, which usually portrays veterans as being damaged individuals in need of a lot of help. Rethink Perception did exactly as promised; it gave a look into the lives of veterans who have found their way and their purpose after their service ended. Veterans, like all people, are on a spectrum and shouldn’t be pigeonholed into the damaging narrative of being dysfunctional or broken. We are capable of amazing things and this exhibit shows exactly that,” said Tyler.


About Rethink Vets

Rethink Vets, an initiative of The Heinz Endowments, is a coalition of nonprofit organizations working to drive better outcomes for service members, veterans and military families, address misconceptions and reshape public opinion about veterans in the Pittsburgh region. Visit


About The Heinz Endowments

The Heinz Endowments is devoted to the mission of helping southwestern Pennsylvania prosper as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and social, economic and environmental sustainability.  Core to our work is the vision of a just community where all are included and where everyone who calls our region home has a real and meaningful opportunity to thrive. Visit

About United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance

The United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance (USVAA) is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary non-profit arts organization, founded in 2004 by military veterans and artists. USVAA provides opportunities for veterans in the arts by highlighting the work of veterans in the arts, humanities and entertainment industry along with the contributions veterans have made historically to the rich cultural history of our nation. Visit

About the Office of Public Art

The Office of Public Art expands the range of possibilities for artists to engage communities through technical assistance, educational programs, commissions, and residencies in the public realm.  Founded in 2005, we work with organizations and individuals, within the thirteen county regions of Southwestern Pennsylvania, in the public and private sector to facilitate the development of and information about public art.  For more information, visit:

News and Information
Rachel Klipa, Office of Public Art
412-391-2060 x237