New Exhibit at the GTL: The American Presidency
As part of the Arts Alive celebration, three Elmira College students have contributed drawings to The American Presidency
exhibit at the Gannett-Tripp Library. When asked to choose a president to draw, John F. Kennedy came to mind for Sam Berger '18 because her high school history teacher spent many classes discussing his presidency. Sam created a digital drawing with new software and equipment she acquired during the holidays. Atu Machika '18 chose to draw Barack Obama, saying, "When I came to America from Malawi, Obama was the president. He is the only president I have known, so the choice seemed obvious to me. He is a great role model. I think he's more relatable because he is of mixed race, with a white mother and a black father. He is the first African American president." Campbell Grade '17 chose to draw Richard Nixon, calling the portrait I am Not a Crook
. She said, "I drew from a photograph of a younger Nixon holding his favorite dog Checkers." It reminded her of a scene from The Godfather
, where the Godfather sits elegantly with a rose in his lapel while calmly holding his cat.
These drawings can be seen in the lobby showcases from January 21 to February 28, along with a collection of biographies and other titles on the presidency from the Gannett-Tripp Library's book collection. The exhibit also includes political cartoons about Lincoln, Cleveland and FDR, and other pertinent information taken from sources such as the U.S. Constitution and www.whitehouse.gov/
. Information on the Trump campaign and inauguration shares a display case with books about Mark Twain's connections with President Ulysses S. Grant.