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Global force for art history: Navy wants sailors’ works

A sailor aboard the cruiser Monterey paints artwork on the bulkhead in August while the ship sailed through the Persian Gulf. The Navy wants submissions from sailor-artists for its collection. (Navy photo by MC3 Billy Ho)

A sailor aboard the cruiser Monterey paints artwork on the bulkhead in August while the ship sailed through the Persian Gulf. The Navy wants submissions from sailor-artists for its collection. (Navy photo by MC3 Billy Ho)

The Navy’s collection of wartime art has almost skipped a generation — a problem you can help solve.

Art curators with Naval History and Heritage Command have plenty of pieces from World War II and the Korean War — everything from paintings by official Navy artists to cartoons drawn on notebook paper. Vietnam and Desert Storm are well-represented in the Navy Art Collection, as well, but there are few works from current sailors.

So, do you fill your downtime with doodles? When the ship needs a mural, does everyone in the room turn to you? Do you hope the characters you’ve drawn on the XO’s whiteboard will someday lead to a regular gig as a cartoonist for a publication of note? (It’s happened before.)

If so, take a picture of your work and send it to Gale Munro, head curator of the art collection, at gale.munro@navy.mil. You’ll hear back if it’s a fit for the collection. The criteria are simple, Munro said in a Navy news release — that curators “can foresee a use for it in an exhibit and that it is in tolerably good condition.”

Examples: Cartoons from active-duty sailors could be displayed alongside those drawn during World War II, or paintings of modern ships in action could be used in a traveling NHHC exhibit, which stops at local museums as a way of “showing people the great things the Navy does,” Munro said.

It’s a small way to make history, and to continue a legacy of Navy art that dates back quite a few years.

See about the Navy Art Collection, and some samples from throughout history, here.

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Comments

  1. Jason Thomas Says:
    January 30th, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    VR-55 NAWS Point Mugu Ca. Has a lot of artwork! Petty Officer Bose did a lot and I did a few!

    AM3 Jason Thomas

  2. Brandho Roquiza Linao Says:
    January 31st, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I am the artist in the picture painting a mural on deployment while we we’re in the gulf. I am honored to be a part of this article.

  3. Brin Cottrell Says:
    February 1st, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Another Munro. Coast Guard Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro received the Medal of Honor in World War II.