EUSA in the News! Happy New Year!
You’ve seen the top 2023 lists—top blogs, top most-read stories, top art fairs, top galleries, top exhibitions. These end-of-year roundups and reflections give us an opportunity to see what resonated with our audiences and visitors. But the top of the year roundups are also an opportunity to look forward and see what will engage our community in the year to come.
What will your community remember about your organization/institution in 2024?
What memories will they carry from your traveling exhibitions throughout the year?
Here are a few memorable ExhibitsUSA traveling exhibitions that consistently garner press mentions and capture visitors’ imaginations:
“I wish for change with war. I worry about kids getting shot at their schools.”
In the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, a Texas mother and her son had a profound response to The Fourth Grade Project, as depicted in their Instagram post, tagged with #UvaldeStrong. In this exhibition, artist Judy Gelles interviewed and photographed 300 fourth-grade students, asking all of them the same questions, “Who do you live with?”, “What do you wish for?”, and “What do you worry about?”.
NPR’s Steve Inskeep interviewed photographer Brian McCarty about his haunting project that uses art therapy to help kids who have lived through war. War Toys: Ukraine has just started its national tour.
“I think it’s so important to focus on the stories of children from war because people look past the rhetoric and see those moments. That really is the takeaway, that we are all the same.” —Brian McCarty
This Oil City News article from Casper, Wyoming, highlights terrific community partnerships at the Nicolaysen Art Museum’s display of Portraits of Dementia.
“When you go through this exhibit, you learn that no one’s journey is the same with dementia. It can feel lonely, overwhelming, and isolating. But it’s important to know that you’re not alone.”
—Allison Maluchnik, Executive Director, Nicolaysen Art Museum
The Rogers Historical Museum in Rogers, Arkansas, emphasizes the importance of community storytelling in this press mention about their exhibit of Working America.
“As a history museum, we are always looking for ways to make meaningful connections between people of our past and present through our exhibits. This exhibit does this perfectly through the sharing of stories from first generation immigrants who have come to America.” —Serena Barnett, Director, Rogers Historical Museum
“The artwork itself is just stunningly beautiful, but [visitors] would also take away the important messages the artists are trying to share about climate, life forms, the animals, and the impact that humans have on this planet that we’re living on.”
—Carey Weber, Executive Director, Fairfield Art Museum
Additional Press Mentions
NBC Montana highlights Travelers’ Rest State Park’s display of Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined.
Watch this engaging interview with Judy Matthews, the Special Collections Librarian at the Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County, to hear about their exhibition of Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations.