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World War I art and culture exhibit opens in Irving

A new art exhibit in Irving explores a transformational period in U.S. history, World War I, and how the struggles of those days shape the country even today.

The exhibit, “WW1 America,” examines the years between 1914 and 1919, the war and the battles that raged in the U.S., including a racial firestorm, the women’s suffrage movement and sharp disagreements about immigration.

“Although it was fought thousands of miles away, the war transformed the United States from a relatively provincial power on the world stage to a full-fledged global, military-industrial leader,” a description of the exhibit reads. “The American stage during and just after World War I witnessed sharp challenges to virtually every familiar boundary — those of citizenship, gender, race, class, nationality, generation, culture, not to mention traditional assumptions about foreign entanglements.”

Part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ On the Road program, the exhibit includes large-scale

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Toledo Museum of Art to open ‘Birds in Art and Culture’ exhibit

The Toledo Museum of Art will present “Rare and Wondrous: Birds in Art and Culture 1620-1820” from April 24 to July 25. 

The exhibition, curated by TMA’s Head of Interpretive Projects and Managing Editor Paula Reich, will showcase the Museum’s recent acquisition of the important six-volume series “Ornithologie,” written by Mathurin-Jacques Brisson, illustrated by François-Nicolas Martinet and published in 1760.

“Rare and Wondrous” will also feature paintings, prints and decorative arts from TMA’s collection, as well as select loans of significant prints and illustrated books from the Yale Center for British Art, the University of Michigan Museums Library and Special Collections, and the Bowling Green State University Libraries Center for Archival Collections.

This is the fifth in a series of bird-themed exhibitions that are timed to coincide with the Biggest Week in American Birding Festival that traditionally takes place in the Toledo area each spring.

This particular exhibit was originally

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Elgin art exhibit celebrates Black culture in America

When Elgin artist Freddrick D. Wimms was asked just after Christmas to curate an art exhibit for Black History Month, he didn’t have much time and didn’t know what he wanted the show to be. But he did have an idea for a name.

“Black Then, Black Now, Black in the Middle …”

“When I set the name, I had no idea what the show was gonna be,” Wimms said. “I knew it couldn’t be based just on Black history. It had to be about the essence of Black culture, and then that will reflect on Black art and that will reflect Black history.”

Wimms ended up with the idea to tell the story of how Black culture in America was born out of the darkness of slavery, how far it had come up to and since the Civil Rights movement, and how far it can still go.

“This all

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Arts & Culture: Grayson gallery goes virtual for latest exhibit – The Tribune

Grayson Gallery and Art Center has pivoted during the pandemic to work around health issues and rules for gathering by offering virtual exhibits via photos of original artwork from local makers. As part of the monthly Grayson F!nal Fr!days Art Walk, the gallery will present the virtual exhibit at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29.

They are currently looking for participation from even more artists. Anyone who contributes that utilizes social media will be added as a ‘contributor’ to the photo album, which can be found on their Facebook page, so creators will have even more input, such as adding pricing of work.

Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces for the exhibit. The gallery is specifically interested in what artists have created over the past year, especially since the COVID-19 crisis escalated, or older work that represents the effects of the pandemic.

To submit, email Dan Click at

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