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Great Lakes Maritime Art Temporary Exhibit drives Museum and Community College Partnership

Friday, August 26, 2022 (Toledo, Ohio)The National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL) is partnering with Owens Community College (OCC) to feature maritime art from the 19th and 20th century through a temporary exhibit at the Walter E. Terhune Gallery at Owens Community College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts. The exhibit opens to the public Monday, August 29 and will remain available through Friday, October 21.

“The museum is always looking for ways to increase access to Great Lakes history,” explains Kate Fineske, NMGL’s Senior Director of Institutional Advancement. “We began collaborative discussions over a year ago and are thrilled to have found an opportunity to showcase part of our 250+ two-dimensional art collection on the campus.”

Owens Community College will host an opening reception for the temporary exhibit on Tuesday, August 30 and will also shine a spotlight on the exhibit in October during the first concert of their 7th Annual Accent on the Arts! Series featuring Russ Franzen. The latter free concert highlights a maritime artist and acts as an educational experience—designed, booked, promoted and presented by Owens Community College Music Business Technology students. 

“Mr. Franzen is an acoustic storyteller sharing original songs about lighthouses, lake boats, shipwrecks, canals and life along the Great Lakes,” recalls Denise Grupp-Verbon, Internship Manager, at Owens Community College’s School of Liberal Arts. “The museum’s art exhibit provided inspiration for an excellent student-focus project on this subject!” 

The Walter E. Terhune Gallery is located within Owens Community College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts and is open for free to the public during set times each week. For more information on the exhibit and related events visit or