Susan Talbot-Stanaway

Susan Talbot-Stanaway

Susan Talbot-Stanaway is retired Director of the Zanesville Museum of Art. She is an art historian, concentrating on American Art, and has curated over 500 exhibitions. Recently her research and curatorial efforts have focused on World War I posters, American illustrators, and contemporary art quilts.

World War 1 Posters:  For the Hearts and Minds of Ordinary People

Pres. Woodrow Wilson’s re-election campaign song in 1916 was entitled, “Elect Wilson, He Kept Us out of War.” However, on April 6, 1917, at Wilson’s urging, the United States Congress declared war against Germany.  Only a few hours later, one of Wilson’s most energetic campaign backers, George Creel, urged Wilson to develop means to engage the war on the home front through “expression, not suppression.”  The objectives were to unify people of all ages and backgrounds, including millions of immigrants, to motivate young men to enlist and women to abandon their traditional roles and become war workers.  From the point of view of Ohio history, this presentation will describe the posters as works of art and propaganda, the artists who created them, how posters established new American heroes and heroines, and their lasting importance in national history.

World War 1 on the Ohio Home Front: “Your Country Calls!”

From 1917 through 1919, thousands of Ohio men and women engaged in the battles of the “Great War.” At home, in community organizations, on the farm, and in the workplace, Ohioans were exposed to new roles, new beliefs, and a new sense of national unity.  People, young or old, were urged to support the families of soldiers, to purchase war bonds and stamps, to dig and tend Victory Gardens, to undergo the hardships of rationing, and to report spies and hate the “Hun.”  Ohio women, many of whom were already suffragettes, entered the workplace for the first time, supported wartime charities, and joined organizations like the Women’s Land Army. Ohio manufacturers and their employees, shifted to producing munitions, dramatically increased their work forces; some actively recruited African Americans from the South to operate assembly lines.  Immigrants from overseas were exposed to programs that would “Americanize” them.   This presentation will explore how Ohioans participated in the Great War and how participation shaped important social and political changes.

Buckeye Boys and Girls

“Buckeye Boys and Girls” will be a novel presentation of Ohio history derived from the speaker’s experience curating museum art and history exhibitions in the state. In this talk, images of masterwork paintings, vintage photographs, historic clothing, antique toys, books, quilts and sports equipment will be used to recount the stories of Ohio children, 1840s to our town time. From America’s first toy electric train to the iconic Etch-A-Sketch, all of the objects were invented, created, or made in Ohio.

Ohio Painters Paint Ohio History: 1845-1945

Since before the Civil War, Ohio painters have recorded the ever-changing landscapes and peoples of Ohio. These works of art chronicle wars, peace, prosperity, urbanization, industrialization, the challenges of immigration, and tensions between black and white. Artists like Sala Bosworth, Henry Mosler, Charles Webber, Carl Gaertner, and Clyde Singer pictured Ohio history with precision, clarity, and with greater impact than any textbook. This presentation will feature treasured paintings from Ohio museums and private collections.


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Susan Talbot-Stanaway stsjcs@aol.com

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