August 12, 2007
The pieces reprinted here -- including one I did myself -- are the result of a group project I assigned. I felt that while they were in my class, students should focus on what I believe to be the most urgent issue of our time: the Iraq war. I broke down the war into key historical events and let the students choose the ones they would illustrate.
I hoped that each piece, if successful, would express how artists as individuals saw the war -- and that the project as a whole would offer a group effect that would give some sense of how we got to where we are today. What emerged were strong and sensitive pieces that, I think, succeeded as illustrations as well as personal art.
-- Steve Brodner
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