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When Words Weren't Enough: Works on paper from Topaz, 1942-1945

Topaz Museum opened with an art show

The Topaz Museum in Delta, Utah opened with an inaugural art exhibition, When Words Weren't Enough: Works on paper from Topaz, 1942.  The show will remain in the gallery until the permanent exhibit is installed in 2016.

Drawing from the museum's permanent collection, the exhibition focuses on artists who contributed to the art and culture of the Topaz Internment Camp that confined people of Japanese descent during World War II. Through a remarkably varied selection of works on paper, this exhibition showcases the talent of Japanese American artist such as Mine' Okubo, Chiura Obata, Charles Erabu Suiko Mikami, and Setsu Nagata Kanehara.

The Topaz Museum is located on 55 West Main, Delta, Utah.  The exhibit opened on Jan. 13 and will continue until 2016, Monday through Saturday from 11:00 to 5:00, except for major holidays.  For more information call 435-864-2514.  Watch for the date the winter hours will begin.

In spite of unimaginable circumstances, an art school with nearly 600 students was organized by Chiura Obata, who, prior to the war, had been an instructor at UC Berkeley. Under his leadership, students painted with strength and distinction, guided by 16 instructors, teaching 23 different classes.


Topaz: Artists in Internment their visual work and words

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The Topaz Art show grand opening on Jan. 20, 2012 featured 32 pieces of art painted at Topaz with a poetry reading by Lawson Inada.

The show will remain at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City until Feb. 13 when it will travel to San Leandro and later to the San Francisco Public Library.