Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Let me be the first arts blog on the planet to congratulate the Phillies on kicking butt and winning the world series.

Art jobs: Atlanta

Gallery Director for a new Atlanta photography gallery. The Director will manage both the artistic and business sides of this unique new photography gallery in Atlanta. They are looking for someone with at least 3-5 years in a similar capacity. The salary is $50-70K + benefits. Contact George Olmstead at

Iranian Campaign Medal

Tomorrow, Thursday Oct. 30th is the opening for Art Without Frontiers, put together by Joan Belmar to raise funds for The Family Place.

The opening reception is Oct. 30th from 6:30 - 9:30PM at the beautiful Cultural Institute of Mexico in DC. Details here and RSVP required to The Mexican Cultural Institute is located at 2829 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D. C. 20009.

Artists include Sondra Arkin, Joseph Barbaccia, Constance Bergfors, Salvados Casco, Nina Falk, Carles Guasch, Willem De Looper, Adrienne Moumin, Linn Meyers, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Minna N. Nathanson, Kevin Postupack, Katya Romero, Raimundo Rubio and I am proud to also be part of this effort.

For this show I am exhibiting "The Iranian Campaing Medal Ribbon."

As I've discussed here before, around 1997 I started a series of large non representational paintings which were based on the military awards, ribbons and medals that I earned while serving in the U.S. Navy. In 2007 my focus changed slightly, and I began to design and paint imaginary or futuristic medals, ribbons and awards based on imaginary (some would say anticipated) world events involving the United States of American armed forces.

In a sense my futuristic social commentary on the barbarity and regularity of armed conflict yesterday, today and now, tomorrow.

Iranian Campaign Medal by F. Lennox Campello

"Iranian Campaign Medal", Oil on Canvas, 24 x 48 inches, c.2007
By F. Lennox Campello (from the Digitalia series)

The Iranian Campaign Medal was established by Executive Order 13975 signed by the President on 13 January 2012. It may be awarded to American military and naval personnel for participating in prescribed operations, campaigns and task forces ranging in dates from 2 February 2011 to present.

The area of operations for these various campaigns includes the total land area and air space of Iran, and the waters and air space of the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean within 12 nautical miles of Iranian coastline.

Personnel must be members of a unit participating in, or be engaged in direct support of, the operation for 30 consecutive days in the area of operations or for 60 non-consecutive days provided this support involves entering the area of operations or meets one of the following criteria:

• Be engaged in actual combat, or duty that is equally as hazardous as combat duty, during the operation with armed opposition, regardless of time in the area of operations;
• While participating in the operation, regardless of time, is wounded or injured and requires medical evacuation from the area of operations;
• While participating as a regularly assigned aircrew member flying sorties into, out of, within, or over the area of operations in direct support of the military operations.

One bronze service star shall be worn on the ribbon for qualifying participation during an established campaign. However, that if an individual's 30 or 60 days began in one campaign and carried over into another, that person would only qualify for the medal with one service star. The medal is not awarded without at least one service star.

The executive order provides that service members who qualify for either the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or the Armed Forces Service Medal for service in Iran between 2 February 2011 and 13 January 2012, remain qualified for those medals. However, upon application, any such member may be awarded the Iranian Campaign Medal in lieu of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or the Armed Forces Service Medal, but no Service member may be awarded more than one of these three medals for the same period of service in Iran.

The suspension ribbon for the medal's purple and gold colors were suggested by the historical Imperial colors of Iran’s millennial Persian history and the golden sunsets of the Persian Gulf.