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2nd Annual Midshipmen Art & Poetry Exhibit now open at the Naval Academy

The Naval Academy’s Nimitz Library’s 2nd Annual Midshipmen Art and Poetry Exhibit opened April 9 and will be on display until Friday, May 25. The exhibit opening was held as part of National Library Week, as well as April’s National Poetry Month.

The exhibit is located on the first floor of the library and is open to visitors Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors are asked to sign-in at the check-out desk on the first floor of the library.

The display showcases over 90 works of art from midshipmen and includes digital photography, oil paintings, pencil, ink, watercolors, and acrylic. Works of poetry are also showcased in the exhibit, including “The Stone Winter” by Midshipmen 1st Class (Senior) Chandler Vercher, this year’s winner of the A. Stuart Pitt Memorial Poetry Award, a Naval Academy competition conducted under the support of the Academy of American Poets.

Patricia MacDonald, Associate Library Director for User Services explained that midshipmen had the idea for the Midshipmen Art and Poetry Exhibit.

“We try to get feedback from the midshipmen for what additional services they’d like to see the library to do,” said MacDonald. “We want the library to be a place that inspires learning, imagination and creativity so an exhibit of artwork seemed like a great idea and we hope to be able to continue to host this exhibit annually in the years to come.”

USNA’s English Professor Robert Temple Cone also provided collected works of his poetry, rough drafts and one of his poetry journals to be displayed through April for National Poetry Month.

For more information about the Naval Academy, please visit www.usna.edu or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/USNavalAcademy?fref=ts.

Credits:

MC3 Kaitlin Rowell and Kenneth Aston, USNA Public Affairs

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