Our Chicago Midwest chapter of the National Cartoonists Society (NCS) held its first ever exhibit of cartoon art by chapter members Sept. 15 through Nov. 3, 2019 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. The exhibit opened with a reception in the Simmerling Gallery on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The NSC chapter members participating in the exhibit are newspaper comic strip and comic panel artists, caricaturists, magazine gag cartoonists, editorial cartoonists, humorous illustrators, and other professionals working in and around Chicago and surrounding states.
“It’s not often that cartoonists emerge from their studios to reach out to the public, so this is a great opportunity to meet them in person and see their original work up close,” said Jim McGreal, a member of the NCS Chicago Midwest Chapter and an organizer of the exhibit. “We have members who work in nearly all aspects of comic art and cartooning, and we’re really excited to be a part of this first-ever event.”
In addition to the exhibit of works of NCS cartoonists in the Simmerling Gallery, an exhibit of works by talented cartooning students from the Vanderpoel Art Association (Chicago) were on display in the Center’s Atrium Gallery.
Also in conjunction with the art exhibits, the NCS Chicago Midwest Chapter hosted a cartooning open house on the weekend following the exhibit opening. It was held on Saturday, Sept. 21, 12 to 6 p.m., at the Beverly Arts Center as a featured event of the 6th annual Beverly Art Walk. The Beverly Arts Center is a trolley stop on the Walk. The open house featured two workshops led by professional cartoonists demonstrating their cartoon art, and video cartoon presentations with selected artists in the Center’s Baffes Theatre.