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THE ARTIST GOES TO WAR EXHIBIT OPENS ON THE BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY

 

For Immediate Release                                                                  

For more information, contact:

 Jack Willard 856-966-1652 ext. 144

 j.willard@battleshipnewjersey.org

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

Battleship.

 

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

www.battleshipnewjersey.org. For more information, call 866-877-6262.

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