TICONDEROGA-Fort Ticonderoga has some of the world's best art. Beginning this week it will have Ticonderoga's best, too.
The fort will host a student art show from Ticonderoga High School in conjunction with its newly-opened special exhibition, "The Art of War: Ticonderoga as Experienced through the Eyes of America's Great Artists."
Ti High art students will host an opening reception in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center on Wednesday, June 1, 5 to 7 p.m. The reception is open to the public.
"The Ti High students have worked hard, and are eager to showcase their wonderful works of art," said Britney McCarthy, Ticonderoga High School art teacher.
The student show will be on display during June. The fort exhibit will be on display through Oct. 20. Both are located in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center.
"This is a great collaboration between the local school and Fort Ticonderoga," noted Rich Strum, director of education at the fort. "I'm excited to have the Mars Education Center utilized as a venue for student works of art, giving the community an opportunity to see the creativity of the students in our schools at a place that has inspired artists for centuries."
"The Art of War: Ticonderoga as Experienced through the Eyes of America's Great Artists" is taking the fort in a new direction, Chris Fox, curator of collections, said. While it helps tell the history of the fort, it's designed to attract art lovers, he said.
"We were tossing around ideas for a new exhibit when we realized we have a tremendous collection of art," Fox said. "We decided this is a good time to share that art with the public. I think this exhibit appeals to a much different audience than past exhibits."
Historians shouldn't worry, though. The exhibit remains true to the fort's educational mission.