January 26, 2018

Gallery hosts Chicago Area Cartoonists and Comics

The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery will be hosting a group exhibition by the Chicago Area Cartoonists and Comics. The show will run January 31 – March 1. There will be an Opening Reception on Thursday, February 1 from noon – 2:00p.m. in the Gallery. Hours for the Kishwaukee College Art Gallery for Spring 2018 are Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. The Gallery and Opening Reception are both free and open to the public.

The exhibition will include works by: Je‑rey Brown, Ivan Brunetti, Kevin Budnik, Jessica Campbell,

Anya Davidson, Chris Eliopolis, Mike Freiheit, Andy Glass, Emily Greer, Andy Hongisto, Yewon Kwon, Amy Lockhart, Lane Milburn, Ben Nadler, Alex Nall, Chloe Perkis, Aaron Renier, Keiler Jean Roberts, Tim Seeley, Conor Stechschulte, and Chris Ware. Some of the exhibitors included in the show are multiple Ignatz Award Winners, multiple Eisner Awards Winners, a Harvey Award Winner, a National Cartoonist Society Award Winner, and two New Yorker cover artists.

The show is curated by Miles Halpern, Assistant Professor of Art at Kish. Halpern stated, “Chicago Area Cartoonists and Comics features a diverse range of original works on paper, prints, zines, and books, from both award-winning established and emerging regional cartoonists, artists, and illustrators.

­The city of Chicago has a rich history of nurturing many great alternative and independent cartoonists. Some of the best visual narrative works in the past few decades were all created with the city of Chicago as a backdrop.”

Halpern noted that a gallery installation of cartoons and comics poses unique challenges as the art by its nature is made to be held and viewed in a context.  “In a gallery setting, a comic may appear out of context and incomplete presented on a gallery wall,” he explained. “A goal of the exhibit is to give respect and visibility to the multiple aspects of creating and experiencing comics, from the literary and visual, to the process itself. Th­is is done by presenting comics at these various stages of development, side-by-side, to educate the public about the creative, technical, and commercial process of comics.”

For more information on by the Chicago Area Cartoonists and Comics exhibition, contact Jaime Long, Dean of Arts/Communications/Social Sciences at Kishwaukee College, at jlong@kish.edu or at 815-825-9532.

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Pictured is Mr. Peach by Ivan Brunetti. The left piece is red pencil on newsprint; middle is india ink on bristol board; right is inkjet print on bristol board. The work demonstrates the various stages of development of a single comic. Brunetti is a Chicago teacher, editor, illustrator and cartoonist and his works have occasionally appeared in The New Yorker magazine.