Arts & Culture

UWF Historic Trust presents new exhibition at T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum

The University of West Florida Historic Trust presents “Philately & Friendship: The Art of ACE” a new exhibition opening on Aug. 24 at the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum. The exhibit features 50 illustrated envelopes as well as pages of personal correspondence, created by members of the Art Cover Exchange, also known as ACE. The postal art included in the exhibition was sent by ACE members from around the world to fellow member and local artist Manuel Runyan, ACE member #299, between 1939 and 1946.

Often taking inspiration from newly released stamps, the envelopes boast individual designs of events important to the artists. Correspondence highlights day-to-day life as well as some of the major issues of the day. This intimate exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to explore an original social medium through the correspondence and artwork of ACE members. With over 300 members in the United States, Canada, England, France, Japan and Australia, ACE was active from 1935 into the 1950s.

“Philately & Friendship: The Art of ACE” will be on view through Feb. 27, 2018. The T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Lowell Bassett, assistant curator, at or 850.595.5840, Ext. 104.

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