Art Illustrated: Celebrating Comic Art


ccae comic art exhibit

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido is proud to announce the opening of Art Illustrated: Celebrating Comic Art.  The exhibition will include more than 200 pieces of 20th and 21st century art from nationally syndicated comic strips and original works from classic comic books. It will also feature works by major American pop artists, Claes Oldenburg and Roy Lichtenstein and contemporary Korean artist, Donghyun Son.  The exhibition is curated by Andrew Farago, from the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.

Many of America’s most beloved favorites including Dennis the Menace and Beetle Bailey; contemporary works such as Luann, Zits and Sherman’s Lagoon; and the harrowing tales of our favorite caped crusader will be on display. Of special note, the exhibition also will feature several works by San Diego’s Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) rarely seen by the public.

“The exhibition promises to be both entertaining and educational. It illustrates the creative process by which works of comic art evolve from rough sketches to Technicolor Sunday paper spreads and powerful graphic novel panels” said Jerry Buckley, the Center’s Vice President of External Affairs.

Audiences can expect to be captivated by the extensive collection assembled for this exhibition, the first of what will be an annual staple of The Center’s Museum. The show will Pop! Whiz! and Kablow! with excitement for museumgoers and enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. Several lectures, workshops and competitions will be held throughout the exhibition and will assist participants in understanding comic art and creating their own comic art masterpieces.

A preview party fundraiser will be held on Saturday evening, June 15th and an opening for the general public will be held Thursday evening, June 20th.  A highlight of the preview party will be special recognition of San Marcos artist, Greg Evans, creator of the popular comic strip Luann, and 2003 National Cartoonists Society Ruben Award recipient. Evans’ award is in recognition of his work locally and nationally in tackling tough adolescent issues.

The exhibition will be on view June 20th through July 28th, 2013. Admission to the exhibition is $8. Admission for active military, seniors and students is $5 and members of The Center are free. The Museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm.  The Museum at The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Escondido, CA 92025. Call (760) 839-4138 with questions or to RSVP to one of our opening celebrations.

The exhibition is made possible with the generous support from the Escondido Charitable Foundation, the Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation, the Cartoon Art Museum, King Features, the Society of Illustrators, and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.

Related Events:

“What’s Funny About Comic Art?” Panel Discussion Thursday, July 11, 2013, 7-9pm The Museum with Steve Breen, Political Cartoonist Brad Constantine, Video Game Animator Greg Evans, Cartoonist and creator of Luann Jeff Keane, Comic Artist of Family Circus Jim Whiting, Magazine and Newspaper Cartoonist  + the award winners from our comic art student competition! Moderated by Monica Medina, Director of Diversity, Engagement & Grants at KPBS Free with Museum Admission Museum Admission: $8, Members FREE! RSVP at 760-839-4138

The Family Party Saturday, July 13, 2013, 9am-12pm The Museum Take a tour of the exhibition!  Watch old-time animated cartoons!  Take part in a cartoon workshop!  Become a cartoon yourself with face painting!  Join in on family art activities!  Play games!

Preview Party: Art Illustrated: Celebrating Comic Art
June 15, 2013 6:30 pm

Opening: Art Illustrated: Celebrating Comic Art
June 20, 2013 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Art Illustrated with The Stone Brewing Co.
Comic Art. Serious Beer.  Drink it all in, June 29 , at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. 7-11 pm $45.00

About CCAE:
California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County. The Center’s campus includes a 1,523-seat Concert Hall, a 406-seat Center Theater, a visual arts museum, art and dance studios, and a conference center with meeting and banquet facilities. The Center also runs an extensive education program and produces free community events, such as the Jazz Jam Sessions, Holiday Tree Lighting, Day of the Dead, 4th of July and WOW First Wednesdays performances.