DeKalb gallery exhibits world war posters and propaganda

The Art Box in DeKalb will exhibit art and posters from World Wars I and II through July 26.
The Art Box in DeKalb will exhibit art and posters from World Wars I and II through July 26.

DeKALB – “Art from the Great Wars,” an exhibition of original art and significant posters from World War I and World II from the collection of John Wright, will be on display at The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway in downtown DeKalb, June 29 through July 26. The opening reception is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 29.

Wright has been collecting war posters since 1970, and his collection numbers more than 1,000. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Northern Illinois University. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I; some historians now believe the two world wars were actually one event with a 20-year remission. This exhibit of war content illustrates the propaganda and horrors of war while honoring artists who created thought-provoking images that inspired others to use their talents for the causes they believed in.

On display will be original newspaper editorial illustrations that show the actual blue line drawings with India ink over drawings, white tempera masking, signatures and dedications. Three of the artists, Shoemaker, Lute Pease and Jerry Doyle, are Pulitzer prize winners.  

In this collection are several original poster art pieces by Peter Helck, who illustrated for the Saturday Evening Post and was the 10th illustrator to be inducted in the Illustrators Hall of Fame, and also an original painting by James Montgomery Flagg for the American Red Cross. 

The Art Box is open 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, contact Daniel Grych at 815-758-0313 or email

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