Howard Munce’s century of life & art to be celebrated
Published 11:35 am, Tuesday, June 9, 2015
A “Centennial Celebration” is planned by the Westport Historical Society for Howard Munce, a prominent member of the town’s arts community turning 100 this year.
The exhibition, curated by artist Leonard Everett Fisher and dedicated to Munce’s late wife, Geraldine, will open June 29 at the historical society, 25 Avery Place, and will run through Sept. 14. A reception will be held July 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the society’s Betty and Ralph Sheffer Gallery.
The exhibition will be divided into two parts. The Sheffer Gallery will showcase Munce’s paintings, drawings, illustrations and sculptures. The Mollie Donovan Gallery will chronicle “Howard’s World,” highlighting his Westport connection during the 1930s as a young artist and artist’s model; military service as a Marine in World War II; his Pulitzer Prize nomination for an essay on the folly of war; his role in the Foote, Cone & Belding advertising campaign for Rheingold Beer; his Madison Avenue career at Young & Rubicam and other ad agencies, and his community involvement since moving to Westport in 1950, according to organizers of the tribute.
Munce is also known locally for donating his talents to support local organizations and causes. For more 25 years, he was the unpaid graphic designer of all the brochures, pamphlets and publications of the Westport Library.
He has also donated dozens of his paintings and illustrations to the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection, curated exhibitions for the historical society, and mentors young artists who seek his advice, the event planners say.
There is no charge for the event, but donations are welcome, according to the historical society.
For more information call 203-222-1424 or go to www.westporthistory.org.