“Those Who Serve” was the theme for the inaugural Waukegan ArtWise cultural arts series, bringing together artists from across the country and county-wide organizations to celebrate our service men, women, veterans, and military families. Through Ryan Spencer Reed’s monumental “Despite Similarities to Reality, This Is A Work of Fiction,” an immersive exhibit featuring photographs and multimedia installations from his time as an embedded journalist with the 101st Airborne Division, community members of all ages shared in his experience of war. Complementary exhibits at the Lake County Courthouse, Waukegan Public Library, and other local galleries provided opportunities for world class artists to explore the theme of service.