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April 13, 2012

St. Edward's University Art Student Honors Fellow Veterans in "Letters of Sacrifice"

Senior Jennifer Hassin, an Art major, created a unique project entitled “Letters of Sacrifice,” which honors soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Hassin is a veteran of the United States Air Force and came to St. Edward’s on the Post 9/11 GI Bill. She is also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at the VFW Post 10427. She is one of 221 students currently enrolled with the Post 9/11 GI Bill at St. Edward’s.

The artwork consists of rolled-up mock condolence letters that represent each member of the military that has lost his or her life since the Global War on Terror began in 2001. The representational letters are then placed in chicken wire to create a wall of letters. Hassin will present the “Letters of Sacrifice” project at the art program’s senior show.

The Art Senior Exhibition will have an opening reception in the Fine Arts Gallery on Friday, April 13, from 6–8 p.m. The artwork will be featured in the exhibit until May 12. Hassin will present her project at SOURCE 2012 on April 20.

“I feel blessed to have had this opportunity, so when given the task to make a final senior show work, I could not think of anything that would say ‘Thank you’ back to the Service than making an artwork in honor of the military,” said Hassin.

The university community pitched in and helped Hassin roll thousands of letters for the Letters of Sacrifice project. Chris Garcia from the Office of Student Financial Services, Dianey Leal from the College Assistance Migrant Program, and students Jose Garcia, Kelsey Pokorny, Kristin Moore and Lexis Fentanes donated their time to help roll letters.

After the senior show closes, the memorial will be displayed in the Texas Military Forces Museum for Memorial Day and through the summer. Hassin will continue adding rolled condolence letters while the exhibit is displayed.

“Through the Letters of Sacrifice memorial, I hope to raise awareness about military sacrifice,” Hassin said.

Hollis Hammonds, art director, has served as Hassin’s mentor through this process. “Her critiques and motivation kept me on schedule and helped me to make this project grow,” Hassin said.

Hassin recently completed a project that was featured at the Cesar Chavez Pachanga on March 30 at St. Edward’s. This particular piece of art was made with 2,541 essays that CAMP students wrote about their personal experiences with migrant work. CAMP students and other volunteers helped Hassin roll the essays. The project took 43 hours to complete. City Hall officials used the artwork at the Cesar Chavez March on March 31, which ended on the steps of City Hall where the piece was displayed.