Year in Review 2018


It’s that time of year when it’s nice to take a moment to look at some of the awesome places our exhibitions have visited and share other interesting information.

Our exhibitions visited twenty-four states, crisscrossing the United States from Florida to Alaska. The Palmer Museum of History and Art in Palmer, Alaska, was our farthest destination for ExhibitsUSA. The museum hosted Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone. The Kansas City Public Library is closest destination to our home offices in Kansas City. Located just ten blocks north of ExhibitsUSA, the acclaimed library is also hosting Backstage Pass. Speaking of Backstage Pass, we are also still thrilled to know that Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, (pictured above) and US Congressman French Hill visited when it was on view at the William F. Laman Library in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

The largest city to host an exhibition was Houston, Texas, (population 2,312,717), where Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America was on view at the Alpharetta Yeargin Museum. The smallest community to host exhibitions was Logan, Kansas (population 547), home to the Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum. They hosted two exhibits—Apron Strings: Ties to the Past and Work, Fight, Give: American Relief Posters of WWII.

Five exhibitions—Art of the Aloha: Keoni of Hawaii; Arte Cubano; Line with Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons; Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints; and Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations—started tours in 2018. This year brought the end of two popular exhibitions—Our People, Our Lives, Our Images and Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art.

We look forward to serving more institutions in 2019 and bringing thoughtful exhibitions to communities throughout the United States.