The School of Art at Montana State University is featuring "War Paper - Combat Paper Exhibition" through January 30, 2014 at The Helen E Copeland Gallery. The exhibition features the artwork of Jesse Albrecht, Pam DeLuco and Drew Cameron. The public is invited to a reception on Thursday, January 16 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm featuring the same work, along with a talk by Pam DeLuco. Details here:

Jesse Albrecht's deployment to Iraq bisected his Master of Fine Art program (ceramics/drawing) at the University of Iowa. His work engages current affairs, personal experience, and his military family history (which includes Iraq, Vietnam, Pearl Harbor, Tarawa, New Guinea, and WWI). Jesse lives and works in Bozeman, MT.

Drew Cameron and Pam DeLuco are the founders, owners, and operators of Shotwell Paper Studio, located in the Mission district of San Francisco, CA. Shotwell is the new home to the Combat Paper Project, whose mission is to sustain a peer-based, holistic program that supports veterans, with a focus on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, as they transition from combat to civilian life.

Drew Cameron is a second generation papermaker who studied forestry in Vermont and was a U.S. Army artilleryman in Oklahoma. The ancient craft of papermaking has taken him across the country, facilitating workshops with communities in over 25 states.

Pam DeLuco earned a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, Indiana), studied Italian at the University of Notre Dame, worked as an equine technician, and sailed to Ecuador. Pam says, quote,

It is my mission to surround myself with handmade items using raw materials and handmade tools from sources I can trace. My work is a lot about the process and the satisfaction that comes from knowing I am able to produce many everyday household items.

See and learn more about their life changing work at The Helen E Copeland Gallery now through January 30 (located on the second floor of Haynes Hall on the MSU-Bozeman campus). Join them for a Public Reception on Thursday, January 16 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Call 406-994-4501 for more information.