The Topaz Museum in Delta, Utah is pleased to announce it has opened with an inaugural art exhibition, When Words Weren't Enough: Works on paper from Topaz, 1942. 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, 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, 2015 and will remain until late fall 2016, Monday through Saturday from 11:00 to 5:00, except for major holidays.
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.