After sixteen years of military service, veteran and artist Ron Kelsey discovered that combat doesn’t end on the battlefield. His art piece, “War and Peace,” depicts his personal journey towards recovery, as he continues to fight war’s scars through PTSD and other disabilities. Over ten years ago, Kelsey founded Reflections of Generosity (RoG), a traveling art exhibit that raises awareness for PTSD, military trauma, and veteran suicide. While he traveled to multiple bases, including the Pentagon and West Point, sharing his personal story of being medically retired, other veterans and their family members spontaneously gifted their art to RoG. The collection grew to seventy works, with artists from seven different countries. RoG highlights the soldier’s concerns, both on and off the battlefield, and honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice. As RoG expanded, Kelsey started free art workshops for servicemembers and veterans with an emphasis on positive release. He also wrote his first book, Reflections of Generosity, outlining his journey from soldier to artist. Kelsey’s work helps veterans and servicemembers to experience restoration and healing—promoting generosity through art.
Ron's ArtPrize Entries
These are Ron's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.