THE ARTIST GOES TO WAR EXHIBIT OPENS ON THE BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY
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THE ARTIST GOES TO WAR EXHIBIT OPENS
ON THE BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY
May 8, 2013 – Camden Waterfront, NJ -- The Battleship New Jersey Museum and
Memorial announced a new exhibit: The Artist Goes to War: The World War II US
Navy Art of Charles M. Rossetti, now available to the public with a tour of the
Rossetti (1922-1991) was an aircraft ammunition handler aboard the aircraft carrier
USS Ranger (CV-4) in the North Atlantic in WWII. Most of the art are pencil
sketches of his shipmates and other US Navy personnel in WWII.
“The youth of the US Navy in WWII is evident in these sketches,” explained
Battleship New Jersey Curator Jason Hall. “We are pleased to display a collection
of high quality WWII US Navy art as an exhibit on the Battleship New Jersey.”
“The Artist Goes to War” will be on display on the Battleship through
December 2013. About 30 pieces of Rossetti’s art will be on display in
the Battleship’s traveling exhibit area, located on the main deck of the ship.
This exhibit is included in the standard admission fee and tours. Visit
www.battleshipnewjersey.org for hours of operation and more information.
Visit http://charlesrossetti.com for more art of Charles Rossetti.
The exhibit is on loan from the collection of Theresa Rossetti, Charles Rossetti’s
widow. The exhibit was developed by the artist’s son, Timothy Rossetti, the artist’s
granddaughter, Amy (Rossetti) Williams, her husband, Commander Christian
Williams, USN, Commanding Officer of the Los Angeles Class nuclear submarine,
USS Springfield (SSN-761), and Ronald Gottardi, nephew of the artist and current
volunteer Assistant Director of the Battleship New Jersey Oral History Program,
a docent and volunteer educator on the ship.
Charles Rossetti was one of 14 members of the same family who served in the armed
forces during World War II, including four brothers, four brothers-in-law, and six
cousins. The exhibit of The US Navy World War II Art of Charles Rossetti includes
a panel on the service of the 14 family members in WWII.
Located on the Delaware River, along the Camden Waterfront across from the City
of Philadelphia, the Battleship is open every day for tours from 9:30am to 5pm.
Explore the new Turret II Experience! Hoist projectiles, load powder bag, plot a
firing solution, even pull the trigger that fire these legendary guns! Guided Turret II
tours launch Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 1pm. To purchase tickets, visit