Iconic Peace Corps art accepted at the Smithsonian

GARY JAMESON ’65 had three pieces of his artwork accepted into the Smithsonian’s American History Museum as part of a special collection of items from the Peace Corps. 

His iconic Peace Sign to You poster also was selected for use as a focal point for the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C. 

“I had been in touch with Peace Corps staff for quite a while after meeting the current director during his visit to Bradley,” said Jameson, shown on the right presenting the poster to Peace Corps director Aaron Williams. “He was the first to ask if my Peace Sign to You poster could be submitted for the Peace Corps archive.”

Jameson served two years in the Peace Corps doing community development in Turkey after graduating from Bradley. He returned to the United States in 1970 and designed posters to recruit people for the organization. 

Since returning to Peoria in 1971, Jameson has been a blacksmith, sculptor, artist, and teacher.

— Bob Grimson ’81