U.S. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Spotlighting Female Cartoonists In New Exhibit

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The original art of Raina Telgemeier, Lynn Johnston, Roz Chast, and more are scheduled to be spotlighed in a new exhibit opening November 18 at the United States Library of Congress. "Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists" will highlight 43 North American women who have worked in the comic and illustration fields and will be divided into seven sections: is organized into seven sections: Themes and Genres; Golden Age Illustrators; Early Comics; New Voices, New Narratives; Editorial Illustrators; Magazine Covers and Cartoons; and Political Cartoonists.

"In fields traditionally dominated by men, many women have long earned their livelihoods creating art intended for reproduction and wide dissemination in newspapers, periodicals and books," said the library's Director of Communications, Gayle Osterberg. "Women pursuing careers in the early days of the visual arts, as in nearly every other profession, encountered limitations in training, permitted subject matter and adequate work environments. A host of challenges and longstanding social restrictions in a traditionally male-controlled system impeded many from advancing in their chosen fields."

The 73 exhibited works are drawn from the Library of Congress' extensive art collection. They will be shown in two rotations from November 18, 2017 to October 20, 2018 in the Graphic Arts Galleries of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

An online version is planned to be made available November 18, with a companion book scheduled to be published in spring 2018.

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