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Artists And Illustrators Wanted…By The US Navy (Video)

Photo credit: U.S. Navy

Pacific Ocean (June 22, 2005) - Storekeeper 2nd Class David Hyatt, right, provides the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Senior Medical Officer, Cmdr. John Burgess, with some insight into his comic book style artwork during the ship's firs Metropolitan Art Center Juried Art Show and Exhibition."

Did you know the U.S. Navy has an art collection of more than 20,000 paintings, illustrations, and engravings? According to Naval History and Heritage Command:

The Navy Art Collection collects, documents, preserves and exhibits art that is significant to the history of the Navy for both the public and service personnel.

Gale Munro, Naval History and Heritage Command Navy Art Collection head curator, wants to add to that compilation:

"There are some wars that we are better represented in art, than others.

"The wars that we are really strong in: World War II, which is when the combat artist program started. From the Korean War, we are better off than the other services because we had three combat artists."

However, Munro says, the collection is lacking in art from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. She's looking for paintings, drawings, doodles, even cartoons:

"From World War II we have lots of cartoons. Guys, off on a deployment, did silly cartoons of the idiosyncrasies of shipboard life - we love stuff like that, and those tended to be drawn on notebook paper. Some modern cartoons would be great to go along with our WWII cartoons."

For more information on how to send in your masterpiece, you can email Munro at, or take a look at the video below:

Submit Your Navy Artwork to the Naval History and Heritage Command


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