Upcoming Exhibits

  • Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum March 25, 2017 - October 22, 2017

    Closed Mondays, during exhibit installations, and holidays. Before your visit, see Hours for all closings.

    This permanent exhibit features a selection of exceptional artwork and artifacts highlighting the breadth and depth of our collections.

  • Tales From the Vault: 40 Years / 40 Stories Tales From the Vault: 40 Years / 40 Stories March 25, 2017 - October 22, 2017

    Celebrating 40 Years at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

    Explore 40 stories about fascinating collectors, groundbreaking comics, controversial cartoons, influential characters, innovative cartoonists, and more from 40 years of collecting at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. This exhibition will feature a selection of works spanning over 250 years and the tales that bring them to life. From Civil War era magic lantern slides to the underground comix women’s liberation movement, learn the stories behind the storytellers and the tales that BICLM is dedicated to preserving.

    Curated by Jenny Robb and Caitlin McGurk.

  • Founding Collections: 1977-1987 Founding Collections: 1977-1987 March 25, 2017 - October 22, 2017

    Celebrating 40 Years at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

    This exhibition celebrates the story of the library’s founding and its first decade of collecting, beginning with works from its original collections, the archives of Milton Caniff, creator of Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon and illustrator Jon Whitcomb. The tale continues with important national figures in the history of American cartoon art such as pioneering licensing agent Toni Mendez, and preeminent cartoonists Will Eisner, Edwina Dumm, and Walt Kelly, whose early donations helped to establish Ohio State University as the premier institutional collector of comics and cartoon art. The exhibit will also feature art and archival materials from OSU alumni, Ohio cartoonists, student cartoonists from The Lantern, and the Archives of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and the National Cartoonists Society.

    Curated by BICLM’s founding curator, Lucy Shelton Caswell.