A collection of murals depicting scenes from the Holocaust is on exhibit through Nov. 5 at the Kentucky Museum thanks to funding from the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence.
The 18 murals were created by students enrolled in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust during VAMPY, the Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth. Held by The Center for Gifted Studies, the summer camp brings together gifted and talented seventh through 10th graders from across Kentucky, the country and the world for three weeks of learning on WKU’s campus.
Nazi Germany and the Holocaust has been taught by Ron Skillern since 1992. The course chronicles the rise and fall of the Nazi Party, focusing on its use of propaganda and the danger of being a spectator in the face of atrocity. Skillern incorporates a variety of interactive projects, including the mural.
When displayed together, the murals make an impressive impact, said Julia Roberts, executive director of The Center for Gifted Studies.
“Hosting an exhibit of murals produced in this class is a tribute to Ron Skillern as the teacher as well as to the students who have learned under his tutelage,” she said. “This mural exhibit is artistic as well as haunting in its messages.”
A reception to celebrate the work will be held Friday (Oct. 30) from 4 to 6 p.m. with remarks at 5 p.m. by WKU President Gary Ransdell, Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Executive Director Jeff Polson, Skillern, Roberts and other special guests. The reception is open to the public.
The Kentucky Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. More visitor information, including admission rates, can be found at www.wku.edu/kentuckymuseum. There will be no admission charge to visit the exhibit during the reception.
The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU serves gifted children, their educators and parents through educational opportunities, professional development and a variety of other resources and support.
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