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Gallery Hosts Exhibit in Support of "No More Hiroshimas" Lecture Series

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept.15, 2010) - The University of Central Missouri’s Gallery of Art and Design joins the Department of Communication and Department of Political Science in hosting an exhibition of art in support of the lecture series “No More Hiroshimas: Stories of War and Peace.”

The exhibition, “No More Hiroshimas: Reminders of War, Appeals for Peace,” will present three perspectives: “The A-Bomb Experience,” posters from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum; prints by Kiyomi Kohno, a survivor of the Hiroshima Atomic Bombing; and works from The Hibakusha Project by American pacifist artist Jane Smith Bernhardt.


“Toshie Suetomo,” a portrait by Jane Smith Bernhardt from the Hibakusha Peace Project, will be part of the exhibit “No More Hiroshimas: Stories of War and Peace” on display in Gallery 115 of the University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art and Design Sept. 23-Oct. 15.

The exhibit opens Thursday, Sept. 23, and will be open to the public, free of charge, through Oct. 15 in Gallery 115 in the UCM Art Center, 217 E. Clark St. A public reception is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 30, where the public may meet the artists. In attendance will be three survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, including Kohno.

Sponsors for the exhibit are UCM, the World Friendship Center, the Missouri Arts Council, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, the Florence Hill Greer-Oppenheimer General/University Studies Program, the UCM International Center, and Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars.

World Friendship Center was founded by Barbara Reynolds on Aug. 6, 1965, exactly 20 years after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, to provide a place where people from many nations can meet, share their experiences and reflect on peace.

Kiyomi Kohno began sharing her experiences as a survivor of Hiroshima when her daughter became a junior high school teacher in Osaka. She shares her experiences with students as they visit Hiroshima Kohna Kiyomi Peace Memorial Park.

In 2002 the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, along with NHK Hiroshima broadcasting station, co-sponsored a call to “convey the desire for peace across the centuries,” asking survivors to submit remembrances of their experiences through drawings. Kohno submitted three drawings, and one was accepted as part of the booklet “Memory of Hiroshima.” Her works have been published and continue to convey her message throughout the world.

The Hibakusha Peace Project is a seriesof collage portraits of A-Bomb survivors byJane Smith Bernhardt, accompanied by their storiesand poems.In August 2003,Smith spent two weeks in Hiroshima, interviewing survivors and capturing their likenesses on paper. Smith is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance and has studied for several years with multi-dimensional healer Greta Bro. As a third generation portrait artist, seasoned actor of stage and television and graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan, she poignantly combines her portrait skills and acting in projects such as the Hibakusha Peace Project.

The UCM Gallery of Art and Design is open to the public, free of charge, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Groups are welcome. Learn more about the UCM Gallery of Art and Design, including upcoming exhibits, contact the gallery staff at 660-543-4498.