Photographs from the collections of veterans make up exhibition

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SARASOTA, Fla. - The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is honoring the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families with a photograph exhibit.

Witness to War: WWII Photographs from the Collections of Veterans runs through October 27th as part of the Legacy of Valor Campaign.

Included in the exhibition are a selection of photographs from The Ringling’s permanent collection and the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at Florida State University.

“The Witness to War exhibition at The Ringling honors U.S. veterans through a gripping visual account of World War II via the lenses of soldier-photographers who documented their first-hand experiences at war,” said Steven High, executive director of The Ringling. “We are fortunate to have access to the archives from both our recent collection of photography from Warren J. and Margot Coville, as well as our partners at Florida State University. We look forward to sharing these rarely-seen images with our audiences.”

Recently, Coville donated a collection of more than 1,600 photographs to The Ringling. These images, in addition to a selection of his personal artifacts, record Coville’s World War II service as part of the U.S. Army Air Force.

Images from his collection were part of a Fall 2012 exhibition, which examined the human condition as it relates to major world events throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

Featuring snapshots, candid portraits, and pictures documenting action on the front lines, Witness to War is comprised of photographs from the personal collections of veterans and offers a unique historical perspective of WWII from individual servicemen

For more information on the exhibit, visit http://www.ringling.org/Exhibitions2.aspx?id=14604.

For information on Legacy of Valor, visit www.patriotplaza.thepattersonfoundation.org.