Artist Heide Trepanier enlists the help of veterans with disabilities to create, "Reflection" , a painted mural on the historic fountain at the Parks at Walter Reed. Celebrating the festival's theme of "Life", this artwork operates as a metaphor; the color does not match the contours of the original purpose of the fountain, mirroring the once regal grounds that have been replaced with decay and abandonment. The reflection of color relates to reflection on the past, and one’s relationship to memory. How something that is forgotten can be given new purpose.
About Heidi: Heide Trepanier received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has held adjunct professor positions at VCU, University of Richmond, and University of Virginia. Her work has been exhibited at the American Academy of Arts and Letters and The Armory Show, both, New York; Pilar Parra Gallery, Madrid, Spain; McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, Virginia; 2nd Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA; William King Museum, Abington, VA; Lora Robins Gallery at the University of Richmond, 1708 Gallery, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, all, Richmond, Virginia. She is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2011), the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship (2009 and 2002), the Richmond Public Arts Commission for the Richmond Public Library (2006), The Theresa Pollak Fine Art Award (2004), Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship (2001 and 2015); and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Award (2000). Her work is included in significant collections including the Speed Museum, Louisville, KY; the Richmond Public Library, Federal Reserve Bank, Altria Group, Markel Corporation, 1st Capital Bank, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, all, Richmond, VA. Trepanier lives and works in Richmond, VA.