Mixing art with American history and Christmas cheer, a White House Christmas card exhibit will be on display in the Center for the Arts Ortlip Gallery Saturday, December 1, through Saturday, December 8, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This exhibit will be free to visit and open to the public.
The collection on display will include over 30 cards, beginning with that sent by Franklin Roosevelt in 1944 and extending to those from each successive president through Obama. These cards, on loan from St. Bonaventure University, Regina Quick Center, are part of a White House tradition. Each year, the president chooses a card to send to a select number of people during the Christmas season, and the resulting cards have developed into collectables during the last half century.
This exhibition will also include special gift prints given to White House staff by former presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Clinton. Further works by the featured White House card designers, including Kay Jackson, Ray Ellis, James Steinmeyer, and Thomas McKnight, will augment the display’s diversity.
The Ortlip Gallery is open for viewing from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, contact Phyllis Gaerte at firstname.lastname@example.org.