Artwork by Michael Fay. ©Michael Fay. All rights reserved.

Norman Rockwell Museum will present a talk with Chief Warrant Officer and combat artist Michael Fay on Thursday, August 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. One of two combat artists currently employed by the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Fay will share stories of his experiences in the field through artwork which reflects his personal observations of military life in Iraq and Afghanistan. Fay notes that “my intent, especially in view of current events, is to give people… another insight as we all struggle to understand this unfolding drama called the War on Terrorism.”
The lecture is free with Museum admission, and presented as part of the Museum’s ongoing “American Storytellers” series, co-sponsored by “The Albany Times Union.”

About Michael Fay

Marine Chief Warrant Officer Michael Fay is a reservist from Fredericksburg, Virginia. Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Fay is the eldest son of a Marine officer who served before and during World War II. The artist began his own tenure in the Marines from 1975 to 1978 as an infantryman, and attained the rank of sergeant. After pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education from Pennsylvania State University, he re-enlisted and served on active duty for a decade, from 1983 to 1993. During this period, he participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and after a hiatus, became a combat artist with the Field History Detachment supporting the Historical Division of the Marine Corps in 2000. As an official Marine Corps combat artist, Fay has been mobilized for extended periods and has served several tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Learn more on the artist’s