JBU Art Gallery Displays WW I Photography

Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 27, 2006) - The Department of Art and Design at John Brown University is excited to announce the opening of an exhibit of World War I photographs taken by surgeon and photographer Dr. E. L. Graham. The exhibit is titled “Private View – Public War: A personal record of the ‘War to End All Wars.’”

An opening reception will take place in the Art Gallery located in the Art Building on Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit will run through Tuesday, Dec. 12. The opening reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The exhibit presents a collection of approximately 60 photographs that have never been publicly displayed and features images of life in England and France during the war years as well as photographs recording the soldiers and medic corps of the Allied Forces. A camera similar to the one used by Graham as well as a number of the original glass negatives will also be on display.

Dr. Graham joined the British Army’s Medical Corps as a surgeon in 1915, prior to the U.S. entering the war, and then served with the Red Cross in France after the U.S. joined the war effort. While serving in Europe, Graham learned the art of photography from famed photographer T.B. Blow.

This collection of hauntingly beautiful and historically significant photographs belongs to Mrs. Dode Stroud, daughter of Dr. Graham. Mrs. Stroud’s husband, Layden, is a member of JBU’s Board of Trustees.

The Art Gallery is located in JBU’s Art building on the main campus in Siloam Springs. Art gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 40 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges & Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

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