A bit of America’s cultural history is now on permanent exhibit at Cunningham Elementary School. Donated by the Art Everywhere US program, the five giant (6’ by 12’) replicas of American masterpieces are part of a nationwide presentation celebrating the country’s artistic heritage. Students, faculty, staff, and community members were on hand for the ceremonial unveiling of the art reproductions on Jan. 23, 2015.
Cunningham students were the first to view the five artworks: “The Boating Party” by Mary Cassatt; “Three Flags” by Jasper Johns; “Giant Magnolias on a Blue Velvet Cloth” by Martin Johnson Heade; “Boston Harbor, Sunset” by Fitz Henry Lane; and “The Icebergs” by Frederic Edwin Church.
In late 2014, both traditional and digital billboards across the country displayed images of 58 classic and contemporary works of American art as part of Art Everywhere US. As many as 50,000 digital and static displays in all 50 states — billboards on city streets and rural highways, displays on bus shelters and subway platforms, dioramas in airports, videos in health clubs, trailers in movie theatres, and more — comprised the largest outdoor art show ever conceived. The images, which span 230 years of American art, were drawn from the collections of five major U.S. museums that collaborated with the Outdoor Advertising Association of America and its members to present Art Everywhere US.