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Museum hosts Military Open House August 24

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Special Tribute to the Armed Forces During the 2017 Military Open House

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts invites all active-duty military, National Guard, reserves, military veterans, and their immediate families to attend Military Open House on Thursday, August 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. This FREE family-oriented evening includes docent-led tours, ARTWORKS interactive family galleries, art-making activities, dinner catered by Wintzell’s Oyster House, live music by the Lo-Fi Loungers, and the opening of an important temporary exhibition, 1917–2017: A Century of U.S. Airpower from the Air Force Art Collection.

A Century of U.S. Airpower commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Air Force becoming a separate branch of the U.S. military. The exhibition depicts the involvement of the Wright Brothers in Montgomery and the subsequent development and growth of the U.S. Air Force. It was organized in partnership by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Maxwell Air Force Base and will be on view August 26 through October 1. The exhibition is sponsored by Hyundai Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, LLC., ARONOV Realty, and Aldridge Borden & Company.

A second art exhibition with a military aviation theme, Sketching the Skies: Penrose Vass Stout, Alabama’s WWI Artist-Aviator, will also be on view during Military Open House. Stout’s sketchbook and letters feature detailed views of military training, humorous aspects of camp life, the architecture of the French countryside, and views from the cockpit. Sketching the Skies, on view July 15 through September 10, 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 Realty.

“In a very compelling and human way, these exhibitions remind us of the importance of recognizing the many men and women living in the River Region who have dedicated their lives to this country. What is extraordinary about the art on display is that it offers visitors a sweeping and memorable overview of America’s military experience and the critical role it has played in our nation’s history,” said Jennifer Jankauskas, Ph.D., Curator of Art.

Edwin Bridges, Ph.D., Interim Director of the MMFA and Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast of Maxwell/Gunter Annex will be on hand to greet guests and to comment on this year’s collaboration between the military and the Museum.

Military Open House is sponsored by Montgomery City Council President Charles Jinright with catering generously provided by Wintzell’s Oyster House . For more information, please call the Museum at 334.240.4333 or visit

The MMFA, a department of the City of Montgomery, 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.