The National Museum of the United States Army is being built on Ft. Belvoir, south of Washington, DC in Fairfax County. From the website:
The National Museum of the United States Army will serve as the capstone of the Army Museum Enterprise and provide the only comprehensive portrayal of Army history and traditions. The National Army Museum will celebrate the selfless service and sacrifice of over 30 million men and women who have worn the Army uniform since 1775. The Museum will be a technological marvel incorporating the latest advances in museum exhibits while providing advanced educational opportunities that will capture the attention of visitors old and young. As the Army’s national landmark, the Museum will honor United States Soldiers – past, present, and future – and provide an interactive educational experience explaining the Army’s role in creating and defending our nation, as well as the Army’s social initiatives and contributions for more than 240 years.
The National Army Museum will be located on over 80 acres at Fort Belvoir, VA, less than 30 minutes south of our nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. The main building will be approximately 186,000 square feet and display selections from over 15,000 pieces from the Army Art Collection and 30,000 artifacts, documents, and images. The vast majority of these rare and priceless artifacts have never been seen by the American people. Projected opening is sometime in 2019.
The Army Art Collection has also been housed at Ft. Belvoir. “The Army’s conservation warehouse includes works by Norman Rockwell, ordinary soldiers, enemy combatants, and even Adolf Hitler’s watercolors. The collection program began during World War I when the Army dispatched eight “combat artists” to roam the battlefield and record firsthand the experience of the average soldier.” Hitler’s watercolor, 1911
The 2014 movie, Monuments Men, traced some of the soldiers in World War II that were given “the task of finding and saving pieces of art and other culturally important items before Nazis destroy or steal them, during World War II.” Saved paintings include the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper.
There have been Armed Forces combat artists since World War I, including Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War.
Combat Art Overthere (Vietnam) by Stephen H. Randall