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Air Force art exhibit now open at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

DAYTON, Ohio -- In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Air Force Art Program, more than 250 paintings will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from Oct. 23-Dec. 31, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Air Force Art Program, more than 250 paintings will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from Oct. 23-Dec. 31, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Air Force Art Program, more than 250 paintings will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from Oct. 23-Dec. 31, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Air Force Art Program, more than 250 paintings will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from Oct. 23-Dec. 31, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Air Force Art Program, more than 250 paintings will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from Oct. 23-Dec. 31, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Air Force Art Program, more than 250 paintings will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from Oct. 23-Dec. 31, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Air Force Art Program, more than 250 paintings will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from Oct. 23-Dec. 31, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Air Force Art Program, more than 250 paintings will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from Oct. 23-Dec. 31, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Air Force Art Program, more than 250 paintings will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force beginning Oct. 23.

"We are excited about exhibiting the artwork at the Air Force's national museum," said Russell Kirk, Air Force Art Program director. "Visitors will see a compilation of what the artists have documented over the past two years, from relief efforts in Haiti to operations in Afghanistan. This is a great opportunity and perfect venue to allow thousands to view the artwork."

The paintings, which have all been donated to the Art Program within the past two years, can be viewed daily until Dec. 31 during regular museum hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The artwork is displayed in the museum's Hall of Honor and Cold War Gallery, and admission to the museum and the exhibit is free.

"We are pleased to host such a diverse collection of artwork," said Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Charles D. Metcalf, museum director. "This is a unique way to tell our visitors the stories of our men and women in the U.S. Air Force."

The U.S. Air Force Art Collection documents the story of the Air Force through the universal language of art. The actions and deeds of Air Force men and women are recorded in paintings by eminent American artists in a way words alone could never tell. These paintings are both historical and educational and expose the military and the public to the role and diverse capabilities of the U.S. Air Force.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free. For more information about the museum, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.


NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.

TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Sarah Swan at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.

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