Spotlight on Art in National Infantry Museum’s New Gallery; Inaugural exhibit in new temporary gallery features works of artist Al Reid
Mar 1, 2019
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Spotlight on Art in National Infantry Museum’s New Gallery
Inaugural exhibit in new temporary gallery features works of artist Al Reid
Columbus, Georgia – March 1, 2019: The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center will cut the ribbon on a new gallery Friday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m. Rotating exhibits in the new gallery will feature hidden treasures from the museum’s vast collection and traveling exhibits from other institutions.
The inaugural show, Al Reid’s Portraits in Leadership, highlights some of the artist’s 33 years of work. Reid began his career as a graphic illustrator at Fort Benning and later served as Resident Artist and Exhibits Specialist for the National Infantry Museum, where was instrumental in the completion of dozens of exhibits and created nearly 40 works of fine art. His portraits line the halls and auditoriums of many buildings on post and in several U.S. Army museums. Reid retired in December 2018.
Paintings selected for the show highlight a common theme of leadership. Among the subjects included in the show are General Omar Bradley, the youngest and last of only nine U.S. commanders to be promoted to the rank of five-star general; Eugene Bullard, a Columbus native and the first African-American combat pilot; Colonel Rick Rescorla, a Vietnam veteran who later helped save thousands of lives during the collapse of the World Trade Center; Colonel Ralph Puckett, whose display of extraordinary valor earned him a spot in the Ranger Hall of Fame’s inaugural class; and Captain Frank G. Lumpkin Jr, a prominent local citizen who was an integral figure in transitioning the armored force into its own Combat Arms branch. In addition to the portraits, displays will highlight some of the leadership characteristics of the individuals portrayed.
The public is invited to a brief ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, for the dedication of the new gallery. The artist and some of his local subjects will be in attendance.
The museum has also begun work on the next exhibit for the new gallery, marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, a 155-acre tract linking Columbus, Georgia, and the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, is the first world-class site to pay tribute to the U.S. Army Infantryman and those who fight alongside him. Voted the #1 Free Museum in America by readers of USA Today and listed as one of the 12 best military museums in the world by CNN Travel, the museum showcases the contributions of the Infantry Soldier in every war fought by the U.S. by offering immersive participation and engaging visitors in the unique experiences of the Infantry Soldier. The complex also includes a parade field, memorial walk of honor, authentic World War II Company Street, Global War on Terrorism Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Plaza, combat simulators, a full-service restaurant and a Giant Screen Theater. For more information, visit www.nationalinfantrymuseum.org.