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01-09-06

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Calendar art by Remington, Reece and Parrish featured in exhibit at ISU Jan. 17-31

AMES, Iowa -- In 1888, a small publishing company in Red Oak printed and sold calendars attached to a woodcut illustration of the county courthouse. That marked what is believed to be the birth of the calendar art industry. A big business today, the industry continues to bring museum-quality art into people's homes.

During the 20th century, the Red Oak factory became one of the largest producers of calendars in the nation. The Thos. D. Murphy Company commissioned artwork by renowned artists, including Frederick Remington, Maxfield Parrish, Maynard Reece, Thomas Moran, Edwin Lamasure, Claude Strachan and George Howell Gay.

"The People's Art, 1889-1989: 100 Years of Calendars From the Thos. D. Murphy Company of Red Oak, Iowa," a traveling exhibition of 80 images of the company's calendar art, will be on display Jan. 17 - 31, in Gallery 181, College of Design, Iowa State University. The exhibit is a mixture of original art commissioned by Thomas Murphy and printed pages from the calendars.

A preview reception will be 4 - 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13, in Gallery 181. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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During the 20th century, the Thos. D. Murphy Company, Red Oak, became one of the largest producers of calendars in the nation. "The People's Art Exhibit," a traveling exhibition of 38 pieces of the company's calendar art, will be on display Jan. 17 - 31, in Gallery 181, College of Design. The exhibit is free and open to the public.