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Bristol Public Library to Feature "Picturing America' Exhibit in January and February 2010

December 15, 2009

The Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery in the Bristol Public Library is proud to offer a strong collection of American art masterpieces through Picturing America, an exciting new initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through this innovative program, students and citizens will gain a deeper appreciation of our country’s history and character through the study and understanding of its art.

The nation’s artistic heritage—our paintings, sculpture, architecture, fine crafts, and photography—offers unique insights into the character, ideals, and aspirations of our country.
Picturing America, a far-reaching new program from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association, brings this vital heritage to all Americans.

By bringing high-quality reproductions of notable American into the Bristol Public Library, Picturing America gives participants the opportunity to learn about our nation’s history and culture in a fresh and engaging way. The program uses art as a catalyst for the study of America—the cultural, political, and historical threads woven into our nation’s fabric over time.

Selected masterpieces from the Picturing America collection will be on display in the Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery January 2nd-February 28th, 2010. Resource information will be available for each piece in the gallery. The library is open Monday- Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday- Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Contact:Emily E. Everett,Director of Marketing
701 Goode StreetBristol, VA 24201