John Liggett Meigs: Kidnapped Baby Becomes Hawaiian Shirt Designer, Sketches Apollo 11 Launch!

The sensationalist title of this post sounds like tabloid fiction, but it’s straight out of the life story of an artist whose work we recently added to our permanent collection. When the museum acquires new works for the collection, one part of the accessioning and cataloguing process is collecting the biographical information of the artist. It’s always interesting to add new artists to the collection and to learn about their lives and work. And, often, these stories are colorful, fascinating, and moving. Here’s one well worth sharing.

Treasures from the Vault: Willie Cole

The last time Willie Cole’s work was out on view in the Print & Drawing Study Center, a high school student walked in and stood transfixed in front of "Man Spirit Mask". He whispered, “Wakanda”. See how Cole, and the creators of "Black Panther", used motifs and forms from different African cultures to make their art--whether through a print or a film.

Treasures from the Vault: Roger Shimomura

Curator of Prints & Drawings Sachi Yanari-Rizzo spotlights Japanese-American artist Roger Shimomura because of a shared connection as third-generation Japanese Americans whose family members were interned during World War II. Read on to see how Shimomura's family history inspires and impacts his art today.