Hunger for Peace Exhibit


Art can be a powerful way to convey social consciousness. That idea has led local peacemakers to partner with the Tyler Museum of Art to host an exhibit of visual art as part of the annual Art of Peace Festival - Tyler in September. The exhibit will be open to the public Monday, September 15 to Sunday, September 21, and organizers hope it will open the door to new art patrons and new perspectives on peace.

The festival’s call for submissions from area artists went out in May with an entry deadline of August 1. The jury will consist of artist members of the Art of Peace Festival - Tyler committee and Tyler Museum of Art representatives. Selected pieces will be displayed in the museum lobby and classroom throughout the week of the festival.

The week-long Art of Peace Festival - Tyler is a local celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21. Begun in 2010 by friends and peace advocates Anne McCrady, Neal Katz and Mary Andrews, the festival includes a wide range of public arts-based events that promote Compassion, Creativity and Community. With venues across the city and a growing circle of individual and nonprofit supporters, the Art of Peace Festival - Tyler has expanded each year. Among new events this year is the collaboration with the Tyler Museum of Art to produce a visual art exhibit based on the 2014 festival theme: Hunger for Peace.

Other events planned for the 2014 Art of Peace Festival - Tyler include an open-table Peace Meal, an outdoor mural, a documentary film, poetry readings, community service, a peace pole dedication, a peace vigil, peace-based worship and a music concert. Each year the Art of Peace Festival - Tyler selects a community organization to showcase and support. The 2014 festival honoree is the East Texas Food Bank, in celebration of the theme: Hunger for Peace.

The Tyler Museum of Art has a long-standing tradition as a vital part of the Tyler community. Its mission is to be an educational and cultural center to enrich the lives of East Texas citizens and visitors through the collection, preservation, study, exhibition, interpretation, and celebration of the visual arts. The Museum is housed today in an award-winning structure nestled on a tree-shaded site, adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus. The building contains two major exhibition galleries on the ground floor, the North Gallery and the Bell Gallery, in addition to a library, classroom, café, and gift shop. The Museum’s growing permanent collection features more than 1,500 works including paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture by artists such as James Surls, Vernon Fisher, Alexander Calder, Ancel Nunn, and Charles Umlauf.


“We are thrilled to partner with the Tyler Museum of Art in showcasing area artists whose work reflects social consciousness as well as artistic excellence.” Art of Peace Festival – Tyler cofounder Anne McCrady

“The Museum is proud to have this great opportunity to participate in an event that unites so many important parts of our community.” Museum Executive Director Chris Leahy

For information on the Tyler Museum of Art, visit the museum website
For information on artist submissions, contact
For information and photos from past Art of Peace Tyler festivals,
visit the festival website: or the festival FaceBook page