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A lesson in local art history


3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students from the Willard City Schools visited the Art Junction in November to view the art work of military artist Don Moore, who grew up in Willard and had an exhibit of his work at the local art gallery.


Students viewed the work of Don Moore and were led in a discussion of the artist’s work by the Art Junction’s director, Kevin Casto.

audieStudents viewed many examples of Moore’s work and learned of his influences such as Audie Murphy, whom he recreated in several drawings and prints on display at the Art Junction.


Students had many questions about the artist, his work, and being a military artist.


Students really enjoyed the various images of Don Moore that gave them an unexpected history lesson of the United States through his art work.


The students learned that in 1968 Don left Willard, Ohio for the United States Marine Corps recruit depot at Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon completing boot camp and advanced combat training, he received the military occupation of illustrator/combat artist. Don served 16 ½ years in the Marine Corps before joining the Army in 1984 as an illustrator. Don retired from the military in 1989 with 22 ½ years of service.


Students learned that Don Moore has received many awards for his artistic skill, service, and excellence. His most prized achievements are: induction into the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club, knighted into the Order of St. George, and commissioned an admiral in the Texas navy.


Owner and operator of Don Moore Illustration since 1989, Don has had a variety of notable clients, including authors John Carroll, Robert Utley, Steve Wise and Paul Hutton; United States presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush; and the magazines and corporations Armchair General Magazine, McDonnell Douglas Helicopter, the National Park Service, the Institute of Heraldry, and the History Channel.


This was a great opportunity for students to see and learn about an artist who grew up in their hometown and became a very successful artist.


This was a great field trip for the students to see how art is alive outside of the classroom and how they can participate in local art events like this exhibit at the Art Junction.