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Heads and Tales of 10 Presidents

Heads and Tales of 10 Presidents
This summer at the Children's Museum of Acadiana (CMA), the heads will rule--the Presidents' heads, that is.  Houston artists John Palmer and David Adickes have collaborated to create artistic representations of ten American presidents--from George Washington to Barack Obama--which will serve as basis of a multi-disciplinary exploration of the lives and work of America's chief executives.
 "This exhibit of presidents will provide children with a fun way to learn about the history of their country," says CMA Director Marvita Hudson.  "It's easy for us as adults to forget that George W. Bush is the first president most of our young visitors remember.  It's important for them to gain a sense of the long, diverse line of leaders who helped to build and guide America."
John Palmer, whose Houston gallery and its patrons are underwriting the loan of the presidential artworks to the Children’s Museum of Acadiana, is eager for his art to reach out and meet people in unexpected places and ways. Thus the mixed-media sculptures and paintings which debuted at his gallery in the 2009 exhibit, "All the Presidents' Heads,” will become the central point of the child-oriented summer celebration of American history.  Palmer’s work may also be found locally at Natalee Interiors in the Oil Center.
Artist David Adickes is most well known for his sculpture of General Sam Houston in Huntsville, Texas.  Since the creation of this monument, Adickes has also created 20 foot tall busts of all 43 presidents which reside in President’s Park in South Dakota.  This park has been featured in LIFE Magazine as well as USA Today, which listed President’s Park as one of the top 10 places in to visit in the U. S.  Adickes is currently in the process of creating a bust of President Obama which will be featured on the cover of TIME Magazine this July. 
The Children’s Museum of Acadiana is thrilled to display art of this caliber.  Adickes’ impeccable sculpting along with Palmer’s distinctive style provides an exciting vision of these historic figures.  The CMA will take advantage of this attention-grabbing quality to expose its visitors to the history of our country with an entertaining approach.
The CMA will complement the display of Palmer-Adickes artworks with costumes, games, art projects, play-acting, pictures, informative texts, and fun facts about the presidency and presidents who played pivotal roles in the history of the United States.  Included in this exhibit will be Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Jackson, Harrison, both Roosevelts, Truman, Kennedy, and Obama.  The children will also be introduced to many of the first ladies who were highly influential to this country. 
The exhibit will run June 6, 2009, through August 15, 2009.  The Children's Museum of Acadiana, located in downtown Lafayette, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Museum admission is $5.00 per person; children 12 months and younger are free.  For more information call 337-232-8500.
Date:  Saturday, June 6, 2009 - Saturday, September 26, 2009
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Time:  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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