FULL HONORS series of paintings now at the Pentagon
As many of you know I’ve been making paintings that extoll the virtues of the current 1% of our nation’s population — those who serve in the U.S.Armed Forces. Many of you have heard me talk about this FULL HONORS series over the years. I thought you might be interested in knowing how it turned out.
On 27 May 2015 I was given permission to photograph a Full Honors funeral ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. I meant only to photograph my friend, Capt Matt Canada, a chaplain who was officiating at his final funeral ceremony with the Old Guard before moving on to Ft Bragg. To witness a Full Honors funeral ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery is an unforgettable experience as you might imagine, and if you have observed such an event, you know how impactful and humbling it truly is. On the train back to NYC I looked all the photos from that morning and realized there was a series of paintings, not simply a single mage of Matt Canada.
Two and a half years later the seven paintings were complete. Pentagon curator Albert Jones, USAF (Ret.) blew the images up to mural essentially, on fabric material called Print & Stick and applied them on the walls as you would apply wallpaper. I provided Al with very large hi-res files and Al blew them up to 8, and 10 feet long, and 77” high.
It was an overwhelming experience to see them on the walls so big. If you can gain access to the Pentagon, which unfortunately is not open to the public other than scheduled guided tours, the exhibition is on the 3rd floor apex, between corridors 1& 2 and will be in place for one year.
June 16, 2016
‘Portrait of a Woman’ Artwork Honors Military Women
U.S. Department of Defense
“Honor knows no gender,” artist Steve Alpert said at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, June 13.
Alpert spoke following the unveiling of a triptych titled “Portrait of a Woman.” His work depicts a female soldier seen from three directions -- both profiles and from the back. She is saluting the U.S. flag.
A triptych is a set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together. READ MORE
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April 26, 2016
The Journey Home
Video podcast with Cheryl Tan. Cheryl is the CEO of Tan Media LLC, a media strategy consulting company based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
February 8, 2016
Passion, Purpose & Profit with Steve Alpert
Steve and Dorothy attend a reception at the Vice-President residence in Washington DC. A senior Vice-President staffer requested a loan of Alpert’s triptych, “Portrait of a Woman” for the 2015 holiday season.
December 16, 2015
At The Naval Observatory, the residence of the Vice-President
This past week was a milestone event for me. Two large diptychs painted in June were hung at the Pentagon's Mark Center in Alexandria, VA. Pictured at left is Pentagon curator Al Jones and his assistant Walter measuring and affixing the large canvases with double sided industrial strength velcro. To be sure, this is an extra special honor since the Pentagon rarely takes art from civilians. Acknowledgements go to BR McDonald of the Veteran Arts Program, and benefactor Ben Shephard. Location is, "Main Street," the main corridor linking many segments of the huge complex, and across from the cafeteria. The relatively new Mark Center houses various service branch admin specialists. Each diptych is 66"x96."
October 25, 2015
Pentagon's Mark Center in Alexandria, VA
September 23, 2015
Remembering Yogi Berra
One of the first projects I ever did with my friend Mitch Meisner was a painting I made of the famous photo called, “The Hug.”
When we went to Yogi’s museum in Upper Montclair that summer for additional signatures on the giclees, Yogi “Yogi’d” me. He said,..
“You painted this?”
“Yes, Yogi, I did”
“It would be great for my golf tournament.”
“Yes, it would,” I said.
“It was yesterday.” Which indeed it was!
See the painting here.
April 22, 2015
The National Museum of Catholic Art and Library honored Steve Alpert with the National Military Art Award at their 4th Annual Gala at the Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven Street, N.W., Washington, DC on May 13th, 2015.
A pinnacle moment in life for me, presenting a painting to General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army in his office in the Pentagon, on 12 March, 2015. Present was Army veteran Tim O'Connor, co-founder of Battlebuds.org. Tim offered Dorothy and me his season seats to a West Point football game back in November. General Odierno, who played for the Black Knights, loves to watch the games from his spot on the 30 yard line right in front of us. I snapped a few photos and the resulting painting wound up in the General's hands just last week.
March 12, 2015
November 25, 2014
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16 July, 2014
“Journey of Souls is living on and should not be forgotten...This is a final tribute.”
—Paul Dargan, USMC, Khe Sanh, Vietnam
11 November, 2013
Veterans Day: Paintings Pay Tribute to America's Military
FEATURED IN PARADE: Native New Yorker Steve Alpert started out painting oil landscapes, but in 2003, something compelled him to create art honoring men and women in uniform. “Once I began to make these paintings, I had no clue what to do with them or where they would go,” Alpert writes in his memoir, Worth Fighting For: A Journey of Self Discovery. From battlefield tableaus of tanks and Blackhawk helicopters to touching scenes of soldiers carrying a flag-draped coffin, he amassed a vast body of work that pays tribute to American soldiers and the military experience. SEE THE FEATURE…
10 June, 2009
Duty, Courage, Honor gifted to the Air Mobility Command Museum
Duty, Courage, Honor depicting members of the Dover AFB Carry Team bringing one of our own home. These men and women are volunteers, on call 24/7. It is very stressful and difficult duty, and they perform their work magnificently with honor and grace. The painting was gifted to the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover AFB, Dover DE by the artist.