World-renowned cartoonist Bil Keane and his
family have answered the Schulz Challenge with a $50,000 gift to support
the new Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum facility, part of
the Sullivant Hall renovation at The Ohio State University. The Keane
Family gift will be matched dollar for dollar by Jean Schulz, widow of Peanuts’
creator Charles M. Schulz, giving it a $100,000 impact on the project.
Schulz has promised to match all donations to the new facility up to
"This donation is our way of thanking Ohio State for their great
support of the cartoon art form. This library and museum will give
future generations the opportunity to enjoy the original art of cartoons
that have graced refrigerators, cubicles and classroom walls for
years.” said Jeff Keane, Bil Keane’s son and collaborator.
Bil Keane is the creator of the cartoon panel The Family Circus, which first appeared in 1960 and soon grew to become the most widely syndicated panel in America. Keane
looked to his own family including wife Thelma and their five children,
Gayle, Neal, Glen, Christopher and Jeff, for ideas for the cartoon. Youngest
son Jeff, the inspiration for the character “Little Jeffy,” now assists
his father in creating the strip and serves as President of the
National Cartoonists Society.
We are grateful for the Keane Family’s support of the library in
general and of this renovation project in particular. Their generous
gift brings us even closer to meeting the total Schulz Challenge of $2.5
million,” said Lucy Shelton Caswell, curator of the Billy Ireland
Cartoon Library & Museum.
The Sullivant Hall renovation is estimated to cost
$20.6 million and will be completed in 2013, at which time Sullivant
Hall will house both the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and
The Ohio State University Department of Dance. Upon completion of the
Schulz Challenge, the Sullivant Hall renovation will be completely
Established in 1977 with a founding gift of the
Milton Caniff Collection, the Cartoon Library & Museum was housed
originally in two converted classrooms in Ohio State's Journalism
Building. Since then, Caswell has built it into a widely renowned
special collection that is a destination for both cartoon researchers
and fans from around the world.
Thousands of donors have contributed to the
collection, with gifts ranging from one item to tens of thousands. With
the recent addition of the International Museum of Cartoon Art's
extensive permanent collection, the Cartoon Library and Museum now
houses more than 450,000 works of original cartoon art, 36,000 books,
51,000 serial titles, 3,000 linear feet of manuscript materials, and 2.5
million comic strip clippings and newspaper pages.
Now the world's largest collection of cartoon art
and comics material, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is
currently located in the lower level of the Wexner Center for the Arts
complex. Its new, permanent home in Sullivant Hall will expand its space
from its current 6,808 square feet to more than 40,000 gross square
feet, providing much-needed additional storage and new exhibition
galleries that will allow more of the collection to be displayed and
accessible to the public. For more information, see http://cartoons.osu.edu.
Contact: Jane Carroll
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