Yvette M. Pino (she/her)
Veteran | Artist | Curator
Motivated by honest conversations and a belief that everyone and everything has a story, Yvette M. Pino harnesses her ability to artistically interpret these narratives. While deployed to Iraq in 2003 with the 101st Airborne Division, she was tasked to paint murals and was coined the unofficial “Division Artist.” Painting in the field often encouraged discussions between artist and audience and would fundamentally influence Ms. Pino’s creation of The Veteran Print Project. Over the last 12 years the Veteran Print Project has paired more than 100 veterans with artists to exchange a dialogue that resulted in an edition of prints based on the veteran’s story. The artwork has exhibited nationally, has been recognized by NPR’s “All Things Considered, and has been licensed by ABC Studios for use in television stage sets. Pinoresearches artists who served in the military and this investigation of “veteran as artist” has revealed the impact of that experience has on the artist’s oeuvre. It has gleaned an extensive record of veterans who not only created powerful bodies of work when returning home, but who also built the foundations of monumental art programs across the United States and globally.
Yvette M. Pino earned her BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and received a Certificate in Museum Studies from Northwestern University. She was a National Endowment for the Humanities Curatorial Fellow for the 2019 National Veteran Art Museum Triennial and Veteran Art Summit. Pino served on the Madison Arts Commission From 2013-2021 and is the Curator of Veteran Art for the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, Wisconsin where she recently curated artwork for the award-winning historic renovation of the Milwaukee Soldiers Home by the Alexander Company.