Fine Art Gallery presents World War II propaganda posters

BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State University’s Fine Art Gallery is taking its visitors on a journey back to the days of World War II with its current exhibition.

The “World War II Propaganda Poster” exhibit is on display in the gallery through Saturday, Dec. 19. The exhibit debuted on Monday, Nov. 9. The Fine Art Gallery is located in University Center, Room 205.

“Propaganda is an important topic for our students to understand because it is used maybe even more, today, than it ever was,” said Carrie Stermer, director of the Fine Art Gallery. “It’s important to learn how to identify motives, ask critical questions and make decisions based upon your own moral compass.”

The exhibit of World War II posters, from the Matt Klein and Nancy Peterson-Klein collection, were used as tools to strengthen support for the U.S. involvement in the war, to fuel hatred for enemies and to encourage commitment to an Allied forces victory.

This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Earlier this month, Pasquale Di Raddo, a professor of Physical Sciences, presented “The Persuasive Powers of Propaganda.” The event was held in conjunction with a reception and presentation related to the exhibit.

For more information about the Fine Art Gallery, visit ferris.edu/gallery.

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