Current Exhibits

ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI SCHOOL


May 7th - May 28th

Artwork from students of St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School will be on display in the Ruth West Gallery.


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SILENT SERVICE


Art from the U.S. Navy


May 21st - September 17, 2017

The Rahr-West Art Museum, in association with Subfest, is pleased to bring to Wisconsin ‘Silent Service,’ a collection of 26 paintings from the U.S. Navy History and Heritage Command. This exhibition will be on view in the Rahr-West Art Museum’s Lounge Gallery from May 21 through September 17.

Branded as the “Silent Service,” submarines are known not only for keeping quiet regarding the duties they perform, but also how they move through the water.  With their aerodynamic shape for speed and dark hull for camouflage these ships continue to be both a mystery and a fascination. 

The exhibition features oil paintings created by CMDR John Charles Roach, (USNR-R), longtime artist-in-residence for the U.S. Navy. Roach studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris before joining the Navy.  He actively served in Vietnam, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as an additional 13 years in the Naval Reserves. Roach is one of the U.S. Navy’s most accomplished combat artists. The submarines profiled in ‘Silent Service’ were active during the 1980s, patrolling the world’s oceans in the uneasy final Cold-war years.

This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts



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