Artists Biographies

In order to fulfill our monument objective of emoting a true personal experience. The art must carry the burden of depicting, with high impact, the intensity, horror and challenge of Battle. The viewer needs to be brought, emotionally and visually into the challenges and bravery demanded upon Veterans to overcome tyranny and preserve the freedoms they enjoy.

Each of our Combat Artists work is devoted to illustrating the true nature of war and putting you directly into the fight. Their work, now combined with other colleagues art provide an experience, panel after panel on the monument, that provides the visual and emotional experience for visitors that reinforces the memories of those who gave their all to preserve Democracy.

Below are brief biographies or examples of the artist works. Direct links to Artist or their Estates websites are provided for additional information or opportunities to purchase their wide range of work from existing Galleries. These artists have contributed their work to insure the impact of the RVMW makes listing impact on our visitors to the Monument.

Colonel Charles Waterhouse Estate              

Howard David Johnson                      

James Dietz    

Don Stivers Estate                                          

John Shaw                                          

Dan Nance     

Robert Taylor                                                 

Anthony Saunders                              

Kurt Miller

National Museum of the Marine Corps

US Naval Art Productions      

US Army National Museum

Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project, Inc.

Press Release

July 27, 2020 ----Racine, WI

The Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project has temporarily put the promotion of the Memorial Statue fundraising on hold until this coming Fall. The Project will still be located at Pritchard Park in Racine, WI. with some modifications.                                                                      

The Project was launched on the 23rd of February, the 75th Anniversary of the flag-raising. “Within the next ten days the Covid pandemic hit. We realized that people would be suffering loss of income, jobs and businesses. Everyone’s priorities have shifted. Potential Corporate sponsors advised us that donation commitments would be delayed.” said John Capriotti, Project Director.

The Project will re-launch in late October, 2020 with a new unique fundraising offer. “Donors can opt to receive a free gift-with-donation. Based on the amount donated, they can receive free IJMM embroidered Jackets, Polo's, Sweatshirts, Collector Posters, Mugs, T-Shirts and other unique items being added soon.”  said Capriotti. Special Corporate Donation packages and Commemorative Bricks will be available.

IJMM is revising the size, design and expense of the Iwo Jima/WW2 Monument and devising phases to add additional smaller monuments for Korea/Vietnam, and Iraq/Afghanistan. Instead of a single statue, each monument will be comprised of a combination of bronze statues and large Laser-Etched granite panels featuring renowned Combat Artist‘s work of the various conflicts. Designs are in process for the first phase Iwo Jima/WW2 combined memorial.

The objective of providing a memorable, attractive and educational monument will still be reached by the collective group of three  Memorials creating a “Veterans Walk” at Pritchard Park. Each will be built through separate fundraising efforts, one after another.

“During our revision stage the IJMM team is urging potential donors to shift contributions to Veteran aide and support groups actively responding to the needs and services of veterans’ and their families during this pandemic; Notable organizations are the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin, and the Veterans Center-Legacy Museum in Racine” said Nicholas Fasulo a Project Official.

Extending the program to include other Memorials, over time, signifies Racine County resident’s commitment to preserve and honor all their Military Veterans.  Many of whom paid the ultimate price to protect our freedoms.