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A Member Night
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August 29, 2019 – A Member Night


Alec Shumate 1210


 Summer Fury: 
Combat Art with the
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing




In the summer of 2018, Alec Shumate was invited to attend the first annual “Combat Art Symposium” at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. A series of cold calls, emails, and portfolio submissions had brought him to a non-descript warehouse in Quantico that houses the U.S.M.C.’s official art collection. Since World War I, the Marine Corps has deployed combat artists to bases and battlefields all over the world. Whether active duty, reservists, or civilians their orders are simple and unchanged: “Go to war, do art.”
As the newest member of this unique fraternity, Alec Shumate was ordered to accompany veteran artist John Deckert, on a training mission to Miramar, the former home of the Naval Fighter Weapons School, better known as “Top Gun.” For the next three weeks, the artists would embed with and document the operations of F-18, V-22, and KC-130 squadrons supporting “Summer Fury,” the largest air assault exercise in a decade.
Whether hanging off the tail-ramp during an aerial refueling at 10,000 feet with the “Raiders,” peering through the pale-green glow of night vision goggles while fighting 200 mph prop wash from a “White Knights’” Osprey, or weaving through canyon country on the way to lake Havasu with the “Sea Elk;” the Marines offered no shortage of artistic opportunities that were as dynamic as they were challenging.
The completed artworks are the property of the Marine Corps and will be sent to the National Museum for review and accession into their permanent collection. While the opportunity to contribute in some small way to this nation’s history and to the legacy of the U.S.M.C. is an incredible honor, Alec Shumate is equally honored to present his work, for the first time in its entirety, to the members and guests of the world famous Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles!
Alec Shumate 1210 is an illustrator for the film and television industry and a civilian combat artist for the United States Marine Corps. Inspired by the long history of expeditionary art, Alec has sketched exotic sights and locales all over the world, from ancient ruins to indigenous tribes. Having joined the Adventurers’ Club in 2018, he now serves as the 1st Vice President and has had the honor of carrying two expedition flags into the field.
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