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Submit your artwork for FREE
Dates to submit work:  through Friday, August 2, 2021

On view September 24, 2021 – January 30, 2022

Former and current service men and women in the states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas are encouraged to submit their artwork for this paramount exhibit featuring art by service men and women from across the South-Central United States.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, it is estimated that 10-18% of the approximately 3 million U.S. service members deployed from 2001 to 2018 returned home with PTSD. The fear, depression, negative moods and nightmares connected with PTSD interrupt their daily lives.

Art offers a nonverbal outlet of expression. Many service members find their art to become an extension of themselves and their thoughts.

The aim of this exhibit is to raise awareness about PTSD, offer a potential solution to help alleviate the symptoms of PTSD, and give these service men and women a venue to tell their individual stories through their artwork. All works in this group exhibit will be for sale and will benefit the participating artists and RAM’s Art4Healing Program.

Through the duration of this exhibit, RAM will offer Art4Healing classes FREE to Veterans.

Works selected to be shown in the exhibit will be selected by RAM.  

Works may be of any media (including painting, photography, sculpture, etc.).

Dates to submit work: through Friday, August 6, 2021


Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, Creative Forces: Honoring Heroes
1601 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901


  • Up to 3 clearly labeled, high-resolution CD images, USB drives or photographs will be accepted
  • Details for each work: title, year, media and dimensions (H x W x D)
  • No images larger than 18 x 24” (framed 24 x 36”)
  • Price required for each piece, in the event of a sale
  • Short statement about the submitted piece
  • Your branch of service
  • Proof of military service


  • Drop-offs can be made during museum hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 am–6 pm; Sunday, 1–5 pm
  • Museum will not accept original artwork as a submission
  • No submissions will be accepted via email
  • Submissions will not be returned
  • Artwork selected for the exhibit must be framed and ready to hang when delivered


Dates to submit work:  through  Friday,  August 6, 2021

Accepted entries announced: Friday, August 20, 2021

Deadline for delivery: August 30 through September 10, 2021

Exhibit dates: September 24, 2021 – January 30, 2022

Dates for pickup of unsold artwork: No later than February 28, 2022

Accepted artwork must arrive prepaid at museum by Friday, August 6, 2021. Participants must pick up their artwork from the museum no later than February 28, 2022. Accepted entries may not be removed during the course of the exhibit. Accepted artwork must have a label affixed with artist’s name, title of work, & year clearly indicated. Unidentified artwork will not be considered. By submitting images of your work, it is agreed that all terms & conditions are fully understood. Please call 479.784.2787 if you have any questions.

Image: Ron Whitehead, True Colors, Veteran Artist Program’s Pentagon exhibit


RAM featured on FOX24

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Former and current servicemen and women can submit their art to be featured at the Fort Smith Regional Museum.

The “Creative Forces Honoring Heroes” exhibit helps raise awareness about PTSD, to offer a potential solution to help alleviate symptoms, and to give men and women a chance to tell their stories through artwork.

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Art 4 Healing

Coming September, 2021

 – This Zoom program offers workshops that consist of the Art4Healing method.  It supports emotional healing as participants process their feelings using paint and canvas.  Participants are given a safe workspace and prompt to create abstract art pieces to aid in expressing themselves.  By giving the participants these tools, they are freer to express themselves which can help reduce stress, offers encouragement, clarity, and insight. 

The program will be offered during the Creative Forces Exhibition to honor our veterans and current service members. This will be via Zoom every two weeks through the duration of the exhibition. Supplies will be provided for those who register two weeks in advance.

Zoom Class is Free – Registration Required –

Limit 10 per Class