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Museum debuts new exhibition featuring Alabama WWI artist and aviator

Friday, July 14, 2017

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Debuts New Exhibition Featuring an Alabama  World War I Artist and Aviator

The exhibition Sketching the Skies: Penrose Vass Stout, Alabama’s WWI Artist-Aviator is now open to the public. Alabamian Penrose Vass Stout left a richly illustrated history of his service as a World War I aviator through his sketchbook and his letters home. Exhibited for the first time during the centennial of World War I, this collection features detailed sketches of military training, humorous aspects of camp life, the architecture of the French countryside, and Stout’s view from the cockpit as he served as a pioneer aviator in the early years of air warfare. 

Donated to the Alabama Department of Archives and History by Stout’s grandson Nathanial in 2014, this unparalleled collection provides an honest, deeply personal glimpse of the wartime experience through Stout’s unique artistic perspective.  

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Sketching the Skies: Penrose Vass Stout, Alabama’s WWI Artist-Aviator, on view through September 10, 2017, was organized in partnership by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The exhibition is sponsored by Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC. and ARONOV. 

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is a department of the City of Montgomery and is supported by funds from the City of Montgomery and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association. Programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Exhibition programs are supported by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.