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UNC-Chapel Hill to launch arts initiative supporting military-affiliated communities with Garmsir Marines photography exhibition, Oct. 4


Internationally-renowned conflict photographer Louie Palu on hand for opening of landmark outdoor exhibition that puts a human face to war


(Chapel Hill, N.C.—Sept. 28, 2017) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will launch a new initiative to support military-affiliated communities through art with the opening of internationally-renowned conflict photographer Louie Palu’s landmark outdoor photography exhibition Garmsir Marines. Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Arts Emil Kang and Palu will celebrate the installation at 12 p.m. on Oct. 4 in Battle Park. The installation will be on display Oct. 1 – Oct. 15.


Transforming Battle Park into a forest of black and white portraits, Garmsir Marines depicts ten marines from the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines (1/6), currently based at Camp Lejeune. Palu took the photographs in 2008 at a small combat outpost in Garmsir District in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.


Co-presented by UNC’s Arts Everywhere initiative and the Click! Photography Festival, Garmsir Marines is the inaugural program in a larger Arts Everywhere initiative to support military communities through the arts. Working collaboratively with Student Affairs, the ROTC, the Department of Military Science and others, the initiative leverages the power of the arts to raise the visibility of Carolina’s military community, foster understanding and dialogue about military experiences and promote health and healing through creative expression.


More information about the exhibition is available here.


Wednesday, Oct. 4

12 p.m.

Battle Park (adjacent to the Forest Theater)

123 S. Boundary St.

Chapel Hill


Media Check-In: Upon arrival, media must check-in with media relations. Carly Swain (Cell: 704-305-1838) will be the on-site contact.


Media Parking: Public parking is available on Boundary Street (behind the Forest Theater).




About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.


About Arts Everywhere

Arts Everywhere is a groundbreaking campus-wide arts initiative supported by the Office of the Chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill. With the core belief that the arts are an essential tool for learning and engaging communities, this long-term initiative aims to revolutionize academics and enhance public service at Carolina by investing in sustained creative practice, live arts experiences and arts learning, with the goal of making the Carolina a leader in transforming the 21st century liberal arts education.


Communications and Public Affairs contact: Media Relations, (919) 445-8555,

Arts Everywhere contact: Rachel Ash, (919) 843-9088,

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