(September 13, 2013)

Meadows Museum, Barksdale collaborate on "Air Force Art of the Atomic Age"

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary's Meadows Museum of Art will host an art exhibit, "Air Force Art of the Atomic Age," in cooperation with the Barksdale Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) September 13-30. The Centenary family is invited to a special lecture on September 18, featuring AFGSC Command Historian Yancy Mailes. Mailes will give a lecture on the Air Force during the atomic age, which will focus on the social aspects of being associated with Strategic Air Command. Students may receive Passport Points, and a reception will follow.

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"We are honored to partner with the Barksdale Air Force Base, which has such a rich history and tradition in Shreveport-Bossier and the nation," said Diane Dufilho, Director of Meadows Museum. "We have worked to schedule an exhibition on two separate occasions in the past and it is fortuitous that we are now able to team up and share such a wonderful exhibit with the community. The exhibit is the culmination of civilian-military collaboration and we hope the public will show their enthusiasm by coming out to the Museum."

Lane Callaway of the AFGSC History Office, has been working closely with Meadows Museum to set up the exhibit. "This collaboration with Meadows Museum of Art on the Centenary College campus goes towards supporting the AFGSC in strengthening ties with the local community," said Callaway. "It also showcases how talented artists have captured on canvas their impressions of the Air Force at a specific time and circumstance."

In addition to the artwork, there will be a number of other displays including a commander's coin collection and vintage news reels played in the audiovisual room.

"The selection is a good mix of art showing Air Force people, aircraft, and missiles — all related to the very essence of Air Force Global Strike Command," said Callaway. "In addition, the art exhibit is rounded out by numerous scale models of aircraft, missiles, and a helicopter as well as some aviator flight items and Air Force picture books."

Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information about the events, contact the Meadows Museum of Art at 318.869.5169.