From December 1, 2015 to May 2016, extraordinary images of ordinary Americans from the Depression and World War II era will be celebrated in the forthcoming exhibition, Vernacular America in the 1930s and 1940s: The Art of Ben Messick and Fred Shane, at the Research Center in Columbia. Messick's interest in the profundity of everyday life had its roots in his humble beginnings in Strafford, Missouri, where he lived until he joined the armed forces in World War II. He found a kindred spirit in artist and educator Fred Shane, who was born in Kansas City and taught in Columbia at the University of Missouri. Shane used his wit and a keen observational eye to create works featuring townsfolk in Columbia and small Missouri communities. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.