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HER - an Art Installation by Veteran Elise Wigle-Wells

June 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019


Fort Ligonier is proud to introduce our first Artist-in-Residence, Elise Wigle-Wells, a native of the Ligonier Valley and an Iraq veteran. Ms. Wigle-Wells recently opened her installation, HER, with five pieces in the museum and throughout the historic site.

Her art is inspired by her experience in the United States Army, the history of Fort Ligonier, and the timelessness of war.

This moving installation will be on display from June 1 to August 4. The artist will give special tours of her work throughout this period (TBA). She will also be present to discuss her work with attendees at the July 26 History Happy Hour. On August 4 at 2:00PM, Ms. Wigle-Wells will present a talk in the Fort Ligonier Center for History Education about HER.

“Fort Ligonier, to me, is not just a battleground- This site is a memorial and testament to how land and the collective narratives that belong to it have the power to regenerate. Nature is a model for instinctive growth. This idea has immediate personal relevance for me as an artist born and raised here and as a woman that has been to war.”

Elise Wigle-Wells


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