Thoughts on Democracy:

Reinterpreting Norman Rockwell's Four Freedom Posters Exhibit

February 12 - May 7, 2010
Milner Library, Illinois State University
Exhibit Hours
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Noon - 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Free and Open to Public

About the Exhibit

Milner Library is hosting an exhibit of over eighty graphic works created by contemporary artists and designers that responded to The Wolfsonian's invitation to express ideals at the core of American democracy. Each artist was asked to consider Norman Rockwell's visually moving paintings from 1943 that conveyed the meaning of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" speech to Congress and the American people - Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear.

This exhibit was organized and made possible by The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida. It is sponsored by Funding Arts Network in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; American Express; Continental Airlines; and The Miami Herald.

The exhibit received funding from Illinois State University's American Democracy Project and The Friends of Milner Library.

Please visit Milner's Flickr page to see pictures of the exhibit reception and speakers.

Four Freedoms Winning Essays

Third grade students at Jefferson Park Elementary School, in the El Paso-Gridley School District, wrote essays on two of their favorite Four Freedoms. These essays were reviewed by cadets in ISU's ROTC Redbird Battalion as part of the "Cadets Helping Kids" program.

Four essays were chosen as winners:
* Emma J. Cummings (essay) - teacher is Mrs. Diana Uphoff
* Joshua D. Giese (essay) - teacher is Mrs. Nicole Glacinski
* Hannah M. Prochnow (essay) - teacher is Ms. Jo Brennan
* Thomas J. Rebbec (essay) - teacher is Ms. Sheryl Buch

The project has been coordinated by Mrs. Mary Sadoun, CDT Sean Thomas, and Mrs. JoAnn Briggs. You can read more about it in articles from the Vidette and The Pantagraph.