An exhibit of paintings by Kemper Nomland will be on display at Watzek through the end of July. Included in the exhibit is “George on the Project”, a painting recently acquired by Watzek Library.
The subject of “George on the Project” is a man named George Mason who was a conscientious objector that spent time at the Wyeth, Oregon Civilian Public Service Camp. Mason went on to be a missionary in India for most of his life. Mason’s life is documented in a
biography by his wife, which can be found in the Watzek Special Collections.
The Special Collections also possess seven other paintings by Kemper Nomland, who was a key figure in the publishing programs in the Oregon Civilian Public Service Camps during WWII. For more information, see the finding aid for the Nomland Collection and the catalog for an exhibit on Nomland’s life.