The Army Art Collection offers a unique inside perspective on the lives of Soldiers. In World War I, the Army commissioned seven illustrators and one draftsman to embed with troops overseas. In the Second World War, the Corps of Engineers established the Army Art Unit, this time employing both civilians and Soldiers to document Army life.


James Barre Turnbull,
Coast Artillery, 1943




Spanning nearly 80 years, this exhibition highlights the unsung moments that make up the majority of most Soldiers' experiences in the military. Ranging from practicing artillery to doing the laundry, the Ordinary Heroes exhibit documents the daily labors of Army life.

Heather Engelhart,
Rock Drill, Kuwait 2004




Beginning with renderings of the first Gulf War, this exhibit describes the past two decades of U.S. involvement in the Middle East through the eyes of Army artists.

George Matthews Harding,
American Wounded..., World War I




The hallmarks of industrialized warfare—barbed wire, machineguns, gas attacks—figure prominently in this exhibition, featuring work by the first eight WWI Army artists. The “War to End All Wars” marked the first Army conflict documented by Army artists.