Thursday, February 16, 2012

World War II vets featured in weekend art exhibit

Claremont Heritage and the Claremont Museum of Art are teaming up to host an exhibit that will feature local artists who were funded through the GI Bill after World War II.

Entitled Claremont Modern: The Artists of the GI Bill, the opening reception will be held at the Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliot Exhibition Space located in Memorial Park behind the Garner House beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The exhibit, in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time Regional Focus Weekend, will be featured from February 17-26 from
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays.

The GI Bill, also known as the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, provided college and vocation education for World War II veterans. The funding from the bill allowed many artists who served in the war to study art at the Claremont Colleges. The works of local artists Karl Benjamin, James Hueter and Harrison McIntosh will be part of the exhibit.

Other Pacific Standard Time related events this weekend will be held at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art, Pomona College Museum of Art and the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery of Scripps College. For more information on Claremont Modern: The Artists of the GI Bill, contact the Claremont Museum of Art at 621-3200.

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