Happy Father’s Day!

Father Figure; 300 BCE - 100 CE; Preclassic, Nayarit

Father Figure; 300 BCE – 100 CE; Preclassic, Nayarit

It was in 1910 that the governor of the U.S. state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.” But it was not until 1972 (58 years after President Wilson made Mother’s Day official) that the day became a nationwide holiday.

Perhaps my favorite quote from this article on the History Channel’s website is:

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.”

Whether or not you have found that to be true, I have some great advice for Father’s Day. I bet you can guess what it is, so let’s see if you’re right: why not spend the day at the UMFA exploring some of our current exhibitions?

If your dad is the sensitive, artistic type, he will absolutely love it! And if he’s the strong and silent type, I think he’ll appreciate the soft whispers our galleries suggest.

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