Apr 20

Navy Art Collection's Traveling Exhibition Program

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 8:46 AM


American POWs and Red Cross Girl, by Standish Backus, Watercolor, 1946, 88-186-AA

The Navy Art Collection has a vibrant and active traveling exhibitions program. Navy Art recognizes the continuing need for and significance of the patronage that comes from galleries and museums requesting the loan of artwork in public exhibits.

Galleries, museums and public educational institutions that have a public trust are considered the most desirable for exhibit placement. Navy and Department of Defense policy excludes institutions that operate for profit. Institutions that charge a fee must have non-profit status, where the proceeds of admission go to the maintenance of facilities and services for the public. All exhibits must be open to the general public without regard to race, sex, color, religion, or national origin. Exhibits are usually lent for a 6 to 12 week period, but can be longer.

Navy art has over 12 pre-designed exhibitions ready for loan with topics that range from the Revolutionary War, submarines, women in uniform and navy medical art. Single works of art are also available for loan.

Last year, the Oceanside Museum of Art requested a loan of 8 paintings by Standish Backus to be part of a larger exhibit entitled “Painting World War II: The California Watercolor Artist.” To initiate the loan, Oceanside sent Navy Art a facility report with information about the museum, a list of the specific paintings they wanted to borrow and dates for the exhibition. Navy Art then confirmed that the artwork was available for loan.

In March, the paintings (like the one shown below) were packed and shipped to California. The exhibition is due to open on April 18 and close on October 3.