Hard Earned: The Military Photographs by Stacy Pearsall and the Veterans Portrait Project


Grisham Gallery


August 23, 2020 – January 3, 2021



Robin Robinson, Army E-5 Logistics and Procurement 1977-1991, Gulf War, Multi-National Forces Egypt Veterans Portrait Project, Louisville, KY VFW Convention (Photos by Stacy L. Pearsall)

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Jonathan Hicks from Alpha Company, 1st Cavalry Division, 12th Infantry Regiment, attempts to access the upper levels of a building, which was just recaptured from the insurgents in Baqubah, Iraq on Jan. 22, 2007. The building suffered heavy damage by both American forces and enemy fighters as the struggled for its strategic ground.


Stacy Pearsall got her start as an Air Force photographer at the age of 17. During three combat tours, she earned the Bronze Star Medal and Air Force Commendation with Valor. She is one of only two women to win the National Press Photographer’s Association Military Photographer of the Year competition, and the only woman to have won it twice. Though combat disabled and retired from military service, Pearsall has not let her disabilities hold her back. With her service animal Charlie by her side, she continues to work worldwide as an independent photographer and is an author, educator, military consultant, public speaker and founder of the Veterans Portrait Project. This exhibition presents 35 works highlighting Pearsall’s combat photography as well as selections from her award-winning series, The Veterans Portrait Project. Organized by Syracuse University art Galleries, Syracuse, NY.



Lecture and Reception (Exclusive Museum member event)
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Huntsville Museum of Art’s Great Hall



6 p.m. | Lecture by Stacy Pearsall

7 p.m. | Enjoy a glass of wine in the galleries


This in-person event is available to Museum members only.


Seating is limited to 75 people to maintain social distancing.

Pearsall will live-stream her presentation to the Museum, where viewers will watch it on a projector.  


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