Japanese American National Museum
Past Exhibitions

Lasting Beauty: Miss Jamison and the Student Muralists

February 6 - July 24, 2005

Art teacher Mabel Rose Jamison wrote, “a good painting is a thing of lasting beauty” in testament to the ambitious mural project undertaken by eight of her students at Rohwer High School. At any school during any time period, such a project would require a teacher of immense dedication, and students with profound maturity and skill. What makes the story of these murals particularly extraordinary is that it took place in an American concentration camp.

Lasting Beauty showcases the only remaining remnants of the murals—preliminary paintings executed on sheets of cloth saved for decades by Jamison herself. These works of art tell the story of the incarceration through the eyes of eight gifted students and their visionary teacher.

This exhibition premiered in Arkansas as part of Life Interrupted: The Japanese American Experience in World War II Arkansas, a partnership between the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the National Museum with major funding provided by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

The Los Angeles presentation of Lasting Beauty: Miss Jamison and the Student Muralists and its related educational programs were supported in part by a generous grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Past Events

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Closing of the exhibition Lasting Beauty: Miss Jamison and the Student Muralists

Closing of the exhibition Lasting Beauty: Miss Jamison and the Student Muralists

Saturday, July 9, 2005
2:00 PM

Voices from the Heart


The heart of the National Museum -- our collection -- contains a wealth of correspondence between family, friends, and associates. Join professional actors, community members, and staff as they read selected letters written by inmates of America's concentration camps and Nisei soldiers.

The afternoon provides a unique glimpse into the lives of Japanese Americans during World War II. Advance reservations highly suggested.

Saturday, May 21, 2005
2:00 PM

Arkansas Student Mural

High School students in Little Rock, Arkansas created a temporary community mural in conjunction with the exhibition Lasting Beauty, which premiered in their hometown. That mural will be on display at the National Museum, and several of the students who participated will talk about the research and creation process. Also on display for this weekend only are murals completed by third grade elementary school students in Los Angeles. Reception to follow.



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