FY19 in Review


As the traveling exhibition arm of Mid-America Arts Alliance, ExhibitsUSA traveled twenty-six exhibitions to seventy-nine communities across the United States. In FY19, six new exhibitions hit the road, and one was retired.

In August 2018, the exhibition Arte Cubano, drawn from two renowned private collections, started its tour at the Crisp Art Museum at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. In September 2018, Art of the Aloha Shirt: Keoni of Hawaii, 1938–51, an exploration of the artistry behind many of the iconic Hawaiian shirts, started its tour at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas. The exhibition Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints opened in October 2018 at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, Mississippi. In January 2019, the exhibition Small Wonders: Insects in Focus opened at the Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma, Kansas. In April 2019, the Willa Cather Foundation’s Red Cloud Opera House served as the first host to the exhibition Savages and Princesses: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes in Red Cloud, Nebraska. In June 2019, the exhibition 1968: A Folsom Redemption, featuring images of Johnny Cash’s historic concerts at Folsom Prison, opened at the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, Temple, Texas.

About the debut of the Savage and Princesses exhibition in Nebraska, we were told, “one teacher, on her survey form, thanked us for bringing in both conceptual art and work created to address issues of diversity; she said that at her small rural school, she struggles to find ways to bring in additional resources that directly address cultural bias.”

And lastly, the exhibition Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art retired from its successful tour in October 2018. From 2015–18, it made stops at thirteen venues from the Temecula Valley Museum in California to Bonita Springs Centers for the Arts in Florida. In total, nearly 32,000 children and adults enjoyed the exhibition. About the exhibition, the staff in Bonita Springs wrote, “Visitors from all corners of our community came to view the exhibition. Local advertising and newspaper articles attracted people who normally do not attend fine art exhibitions in our gallery space which was a great opportunity to welcome newcomers into our community and educate through the arts. Visitors were all amazed at the quality of the work displayed and the environmental message involved. Their interaction with the artworks brought them new insight to the variety of creative efforts by the artists and the powerful visual language revealed.”

Thank you for a great year!