Society of Illustrators Exhibit coming to JBU Art Gallery

Siloam Springs, Ark. (April 8, 2008) — The Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration will be the source for the upcoming exhibit in the John Brown University Art Gallery. The exhibit opens with a reception Tuesday, April 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will be on display until May 3. The 50 original masterworks featured in this collection span the 20th Century and portray the changing character of the illustrator through various illustrations by such early artists as Gibson and Raleigh and rising stars in the illustration industry, Kelley, Duillo, Fuchs and Hooks. The illustrations, themselves, feature a variety of celebrities, politicians and people in the news, as well as, different advertisements. All works were featured on various magazine covers, in books, in advertisements and commissioned paintings, and use many different types of art mediums. The Society of Illustrators began in 1901 with a group of nine artists and one businessman and has promoted the art of illustration ever since. Its involvement in illustration, contributions to community service and student scholarship, as well as annual exhibitions and its recognition of the profound illustrators, prove their concern and commitment in support of the field of illustration. “We are thrilled to be able to host this excellent exhibit,” said Charles Peer, coordinator of the JBU Art Gallery. “This collection really represents the best of the best in the field of illustrators. It truly is a wonderful opportunity for both our students and the entire community to see first hand original work by the artists/illustrators who have been the most influence in the field over the past 100 years. The wide variety of styles and subjects matter offers something for everyone. We invite everyone to come to the gallery and view this great exhibit.” The JBU Art Gallery is located in art building on the main campus in Siloam Springs. Normal gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. All gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.