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Bush Library Opens Stripes and Stars Exhibit

For Release: July 3, 2001
College Station, TX -

Just in time for the Fourth of July, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will open a patriotic new exhibit entitled Stripes and Stars: A Graphic History of an American Icon. Drawn from the personal collection of San Francisco graphic artist Mr. Kit Hinrichs, hundreds of amazing American artifacts from two centuries display the stripes and stars of the flag of the United States. These rare and unusual items celebrate the joyful, the ceremonial, the political, the commercial, and the artistic nature of our nation's preeminent symbol. The American flag is an essential piece of our culture. It defines us as a nation. It is one of the most prominent symbols of freedom, justice, and equality. It is a living embodiment of our nation's law: the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights. Purchased with sacrificial blood and sorrow, the American flag is the sacred emblem representing our heritage of freedom. Throughout the history of this great nation, our "Star-Spangled Banner" has remained. Other nations have tried to conquer us, and at times we have almost destroyed ourselves. Nevertheless, the ideals of the nation have stood firm: that freedom is a birthright, and everyone deserves the opportunity to live in peace without tyranny. The American flag waves proudly over the greatest constitutional republic the world has ever known.

Also displayed with Mr. Hinrichs' collection are 54 pieces of artwork designed by local students for the Stripes and Stars Art Contest. Local students, through their art teachers, were encouraged to create a unique design incorporating the Stars and Stripes. Local artist, Ms. Stephanie Sale; Arts Council Executive Director, P. David Romei; and graphic designer, Kit Hinrichs judged the entries. Artwork was divided into three categories: elementary school, middle school, and high school. Each judge picked his or her choice for first, second, and third place. There will be an awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on July 3, 2001 at the Presidential Conference Center. The second and third place winners in each category will be awarded ribbons and first place winners will receive ribbons and gift certificates for art supplies. All entries received a certificate of appreciation.

The third component of the Stripes and Stars exhibit is a stunning collection of five flag paintings by local artist Stephanie Sale. Strength, vibrancy, and beauty are some of the words that come to mind as you view the patriotic paintings of this talented artist. Her crystal-clear images and unusual compositions are bold, uncompromising, and dramatic.

At 5:00 p.m. on July 3rd, a special illustrated lecture by Kit Hinrichs will highlight the exhibit opening. The lecture will be held in the Presidential Conference Center and a reception and exhibit preview and book signing will follow in the museum. This event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit runs through October 30, 2001. Museum hours are Monday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m. Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for students, $3.50 for senior citizens 62+ and groups of 20 or more with reservations. Children under 16 are free.

Built with private donations from thousands of people throughout the world, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum officially opened on November 7, 1997, at a ceremony attended by President and Mrs. Bill Clinton, former Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, former First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, members of the Bush family, and distinguished guests. Since its opening, the Bush Library has hosted more than 690,000 visitors, making it one of the region's most popular tourist attractions.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum sits on 90 acres located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The Bush Library is the tenth presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and is supported in part by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, a non-profit organization.

The Library's textual and audiovisual collections make it the ideal center of study for Bush Administration scholars. Its archives include more than 38,000,000 pages of personal, Vice Presidential, and Presidential papers of George Bush; 2,000,000 photographs, 5,000 video tapes, 7,000 volumes of printed material and 70,000 museum artifacts.

The financial support of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is a model of public/private partnership. The Library is supported by the American people through Federal appropriations, fees generated by admission to the Museum, and through the generosity of thousands of individuals and corporations who donate money and in-kind services to the Bush Library Foundation to support the Library's mission.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
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