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U.S. Army veteran, Yvette M. Pino joined the Armed Forces after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Yvette was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, where she earned the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Pino was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003-2004. While serving in Iraq, Yvette found a sense of solitude in creating works of art, where her art was identified and appreciated by her commanding officers. This earned her the unofficial title of “Division Artist”. The title later followed her to her 2nd deployment to Iraq in 2005-2006, where she created more works of art, boosting the morale of her fellow troops.
Following her active duty service, Yvette served with the 1175th MP Battalion, Missouri National Guard where she was activated to assist with relief efforts during the 2008 Mississippi River floods. A recent BFA Recipient at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Yvette has founded the “Veteran Print Project” while combining her management skills learned as a non-commissioned officer with her artistic experience she has found her passion in working with veterans issues. The Veteran Print Project seeks to open an ongoing dialogue between two divergent groups: veterans and artists, to express the historical experiences of a new generation of veterans through the traditional methods of fine art print, while capturing the experiences of veterans and articulating the visual aspects of war through art.
In the next five years Yvette expects to see the Veteran Print Project grow into a national workshop venue where veterans, especially newly returning student veterans, can open new forums of dialogue through the creative process. Future goals for Yvette and Veteran Print Project are to gain exhibition spaces for current and future prints to include the Veteran Art Museum, the Smithsonian Museum, and The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. In the immediate future, Yvette will be applying for graduate school in Fine Art and Museum Studies. It is her ultimate goal to receive a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct the Veteran Print Project abroad and obtain veterans stories from another culture’s point of view both literally and artistically.
Ms. Pino recently concluded a fellowship with The Mission Continues. Yvette sought a fellowship with The Mission Continues because she felt a continuous need to work within her community. After spending time working with Iraqi civilians and seeing that their wants and needs were not much different from people in the States, Yvette needed to find a reconnection with the people in her general environment. To Yvette, this fellowship meant more than simply “giving back” to her community; it signified a renewal of hope for her belief in community partnerships and the possibilities of what these partnerships can achieve.