Minnesota Cartoon Art Show

August 29th, 2009 | Posted in News

Yesterday was the official opening of the previously mentioned cartoon art show in Aitkin, MN, and today is the opening reception gala:

The Jaques Art Center Presents: What's So Funny? A celebration of cartooning!

August 28 – October 3, 2009

In the Main Gallery at the Jaques Art Center, 121 Second Street North West, Aitkin, MN

Artist reception: August 29, 1-4 pm public is welcome!

What’s So Funny? features an entire gallery of original cartoon art including comic strips, comic book art, panel cartoons, editorial cartoons, advertising art, book illustration, caricatures, animation art, cells, and storyboards and more created by many of the world’s foremost cartoonists including Charles Schulz (Peanuts) and Jim Davis (Garfield). If you are a cartoon fan or have ever read comic strips, comic books, or watched animated cartoons, you will want to make the trip to Aitkin and be amazed by the work of these cartooning professionals!

It is a great exhibit for ALL AGES!


‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Duane Barnhart – Contributor to the AITKIN INDEPENDENT AGE, SATURDAY EVENING POST

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Jim Bertram – Contributor to the WALL STREET JOURNAL, award winning editorial cartoonist

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Ed Fischer – Award winning editorial cartoonist – author of many regional humor books

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Carl W. Gawboy – Cartoonist, book author, illustrator IN WITH THE FINN CROWD

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ David Gillette – Emmy Award winning cartoonist for TWIN CITIES PUBLIC TELEVISION (TPT)

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Dan Jurgens – Award winning comic book artist and writer SUPERMAN COMICS, others

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Dave Kirwan – advertising cartoonist, creator of syndicated comic strip ALIENS

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Scott Klingelhofer – advertising illustrator, cartoonist, art director for MELLO SMELLO

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Chris Monroe – Award winning book illustrator MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT, draws VIOLET DAYS cartoon

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Dave Phipps – Panel cartoonist, specializing in advertising and promotion

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Tom Richmond – Award winning MAD MAGAZINE cartoonist, advertising artist and caricaturist

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Scott Rolfs – Comic book artist, book illustrator, advertising cartoonist

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Joel Seibel – Emmy Award winning animator and storyboard artist. Draws SKEETER TALES

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Julia Suits – Contributor to NEW YORKER MAGAZINE, nationally syndicated caricaturist

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Jackie Urbanovic – NEW YORK TIMES best selling children’s book author, illustrator

‚Äö?Ѭ¢ Jerry Van Amerongen – Award winning syndicated daily cartoonist. Draws BALLARD STREET


  • Friday, Sept. 4, MOONLIGHT MADNESS CARTOONING SCAVENGER HUNT– Find clues about Minnesota cartoonists scattered around the Aitkin businesses
  • Thurs. Sept. 10, 7:30 pm THE MAD ART OF TOM RICHMOND (www.tomrichmond.com) at the 40 Club Convention Center, Aitkin (call or e-mail the Jaques Art Center for directions) The public is invited to look behind the scenes at MAD Magazine as cartoonist and caricaturist Tom Richmond shows how he creates his award winning cartoon art. If you like to draw, don’t miss this educational and entertaining evening. Autograph session follows presentation. Admission: Donation to Jaques Art Center and/or Food Shelf
  • Saturday, Sept. 12 THE WHAT’S SO FUNNY CARTOONING WORKSHOP! – Tuition $10 Instructors: Duane & Angie Barnhart Class 1 – 9:00 am – Noon / Age 7 – 12 /Class 2 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 / Age 12 – Adult
  • Thurs., Sept. 17 – noon – 1pm 100 YEARS OF MINNESOTA CARTOONING
    Brown Bag Lunch at the Jaques Art Center FREE! Presentation by Duane Barnhart
  • Saturday, Sept. 19 – 10am – 3pm QUILL AND INK CARTOONS with Duane BarnhartFestival of Adventures Rendezvous Encampment, Aitkin City Park.
Contact the Jaques center at 218-927-2363 ‚Äö?Ѭ¢ www.jaquesart.com ‚Äö?Ѭ¢ e-mail info@jaquesart.com
Sponsored by Paulbecks Country Market, The Tuscany Room and Iron Range Resources

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I will be there on Thursday night for a speaking presentation and will be signing autographs afterwords. No admissions or cost other than a donation to the Jaques Art Center or the local food shelf.


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