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Past Exhibits and Events - 2014

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4th Annual Student Travel Poster Design Competition

September 17 – December 9, 2014

In September 2014, Grand Circle Gallery held its 4th annual travel poster design competition. For the first time, the challenge included photography - in addition to graphic design - students throughout New England. Choosing from the 16 leading Grand Circle Travel, Grand Circle Cruise Line and Overseas Adventure Travel destinations, entrants created an original interpretation of a vintage travel poster depicting aspects of the location’s history, culture, landscapes or attractions. A juried panel of Grand Circle associates, including Vice Chairman Harriet Lewis, selected the winners from 90 entries. A reception was held in the Gallery for all entrants; and cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $350 were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place. All submissions will remain on display in the Gallery through the end of February 2015.

Enjoy the slideshow of the students’ poster submissions below

Vintage Travel Posters and Iconic Black & White Photography

September 17- December, 2014

Selected posters portraying the romance of travel to worldwide destinations, such as France, Switzerland, North Africa and New Zealand. The exhibit includes a series of vibrant Air France posters from the 1940's and 1950's, promoting the airline's mission to control the skies with its motto "Dans tous les ciels" ("In every sky"). Plus, the dramatic black & white photography of two extraordinary men. Breathtaking pictures by mountaineer and Grand Circle Foundation Honorary Director, the late Bradford Washburn. As Washburn's longtime friend, famed photographer Ansel Adams once remarked, "One never knows what to expect from this roving genius of mind and mountain." And iconic photographs of Venice and Rome by the renowned George Daniell, an unabashed Italophile.

Under Full Steam: The Golden Age of Ocean Liners

May 7 – September 6, 2014

Under Full Steam showcases a stunning exhibit of vintage travel posters that explore travel by steamship from the late 19th century through 1960. The posters, most of which are on loan from Boston’s International Poster Gallery (, will transport visitors to a bygone era when the ocean liner was “the only way to cross” in more ways than one. Of all travel experiences, few can rival the romance and adventure of an ocean crossing on a “floating palace” like the Mauretania or the Queen Mary.

The show begins in 1890, when steamship companies began advertising their first “superliners” with another new marvel, the lithographic poster. It concludes with the onset of the Jet Age in 1960, when the jet reduced intercontinental travel to mere hours rather than days, forcing the ocean liner to reinvent itself as the cruise ship.

The posters are exhibited in five major groupings chronicling the history of ocean liners:

  • Samuel Cunard and the Birth of the Modern Ocean Liner (1840—1897)
  • Rivalry on the Seas (1897—1918)
  • Post WWI: Recovery and Reinvention (1918—1928)
  • Ships of State (1929—1939)
  • Postwar: The Last Liners and the Rise of the Cruise Ship (1945—1960)

Curator’s Pick at Grand Circle Gallery

March 17, 2014 — May 2, 2014

Grand Circle Gallery is currently showing some of the best posters from our collection including the iconic 1930’s L’Atlantique by A. M. Cassandre (1901-1968) as well as works by Swiss poster artist Emil Cardinaux (1877-1936) who was the artist of choice for the St. Moritz hotel chain. You are sure to be inspired by imagery of both warm and cold weather destinations, now through May 2nd, 2014

No Place for a Lady: Intrepid Women Travelers Through the Centuries

October 2, 2013-March 14, 2014

No Place for a Lady features the stories of more than two dozen women travelers from the 18th century to present day. Vintage posters, artifacts, and travelogues transport visitors to a time when society frowned upon independent, free-spirited women—revealing the courage it took to overcome these barriers.

Based on a book by Barbara Hodgson, the exhibit showcases the various achievements of these adventurous women. From renowned figures like Florence Nightingale, a pioneer of modern health care, to lesser-known travelers like Jane Dieulafoy, who obtained royal permission to don trousers while exploring Persia, the display pays homage to those who broke the mold and inspired future women through their intrepid lifestyles.

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