According to Channel 3, a painting of a nude figure hanging in Milford town hall was taken down after complaints that it was too racy for public display. Officials also took down other works that had been on display for decades. “There is now a bare spot on the wall of an exhibition of works by the late Roger Van Damme that went displayed in the Parson’s complex in Milford almost a month ago. The painting in question is now tucked away from public view. Bill Meddick, of the Milford Fine Arts Council, said, ‘I’m kind of surprised by all the things that are going on.’ Meddick has an interest in all of the uproar because, among other things, he painted one of the other works that has been pulled, one that had been hanging in the complex for thirty years without problems. Meddick said, ‘I’m not offended by it. I’m trying to figure it out. I guess it’s like, I don’t know, the idea that kids will see it or something. I mean, I don’t think anything would happen to them, but I don’t think anything too bad.’
“Some city employees, who did not want to speak on camera, said some of the paintings were OK, but one was a bit over the top for a public building. Tom Ivers, of Milford Community Development, said, ‘Content makes a difference and everyone perceives things in their own way. Art that creates controversy is probably a good thing.’ The remaining Van Damm paintings will hang in the complex as part of the permanent collection. He left the works in the care of the Milford Fine Arts Council when he died in 2008. The painting that was pulled from the walls will be on display at the offices of the Fine Arts Council.”
Video news clip with images of the paintings.
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