Past Exhibits

  • Cartoons by Leland S. McClelland: A Retrospective Exhibition Cartoons by Leland S. McClelland: A Retrospective Exhibition February 28, 2000 - May 26, 2000

    Because he is so well-known as a watercolorist, many may be surprised to know that Leland S. McClelland’s first ambition was to be a cartoonist. Drawing Attention: Pen Stroke and Perspectives from Great Lakes Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society published in 1997 includes the following autobiographical statement:

    “From the time I was old enough to read the funnies I wanted to be a cartoonist on the Columbus Citizen, one of the two afternoon newspapers in the city at that time. I didn’t want to be on the Chicago Tribune or any other big papers – just the Citizen. In the summer between my two years of studying art and cartooning at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art, I took my samples in to the managing editor of the Citizen. He liked what he saw and hired me for the summer, even though I wasn’t all that good. He held the job open for me for the next year until I finished at the CAFA. I held the job until the paper went the way that so many papers did – it folded in 1959. I went to work for the city’s largest ad agency and stayed until 1964 when I quit and opened my own studio. When I left the Citizen, I started to paint watercolors which I did until I retired. I’ve always loved cartooning and cartoonists – they’re my kind of people. I’ll always consider myself a cartoonist first and something else second. “

  • Cartooning Aids Around the World Cartooning Aids Around the World September 20, 1999 - January 21, 2000

    Cartooning AIDS Around the World was conceived and organized by David Horsey (the editorial cartoonist for the Seattle Post- Intelligencer who won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for his work) and Maury Forman (a historian of political cartooning) in 1992 with the assistance of Cartoon, Inc. and Cartoonists & Writers Syndicate. The exhibition is a survey of forty-three international AIDS cartoons and, as such, is an interesting reminder of how our understanding of HIV/AIDS has changed in the intervening years. The exhibit toured to twenty-nine venues throughout the United states under the auspices of Exhibit Touring Services before it was donated to The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library by its organizers in 1999.

    We are grateful to the donors and to the cartoonists who provided their artwork for inclusion in the exhibition and the companion book, Cartooning AIDS Around the World, published by Kendall-Hunt. Additional support for mounting the exhibition initially was provided by Bumbershoot, the Seattle Arts Festival.

  • Jewish Cartoonists and the American Experience June 28, 1999 - September 3, 1999

    Cartoons like all mass entertainment are both a reflection of the society in which they are created and a creative force with an impact on that society. Jews, as the exhibition well demonstrates, have been major contributors to American cartoon arts from early in this century to the present day. They brought their own unique outlooks, influenced by immigration and assimilation, to their craft. One can trace the tide of American life through Jewish eyes in their work, and at the same time one can point out the paths by which they have influence the way all American see themselves.

  • Paul Palnik: The Fine Art of the Cartoon from Generation to Generation October 27, 1996 - January 24, 1997

    The drawing of Paul Palnik have always been, for me, a gentle art, the work of an artist who understand the power of faith and love. The format he has chosen is the common cartoon image presented in a poster. It is a form appropriate to his generation, raised on the animated cartoons of film and television, and to his subject matter, the human comedy.

  • 75th Birthday of Barney Google and Snuffy Smith 75th Birthday of Barney Google and Snuffy Smith June 19, 1994 - September 5, 1994




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