Curated by Susan Kirtley and Karen E. Roehr
University Gallery at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell is proud to present an exhibition of works from exciting contemporary graphic novelists working in a variety of genres. From lauded stalwarts to up-and-coming artists, A Picture’s Worth demonstrates the diversity and range of graphic narratives, a medium know for innovative pairings of text and image to convey stories. The exhibition features works from Lynda Barry, the Eisner-winning visionary who created the cult favorite comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek, as well as the graphic novel One Hundred Demons and the creative workbooks What It Is and Picture This. Works from James Sturm, also an Eisner winner and co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies demonstrate his highly literate and literary style. Innovative artist and City Lights for Children Award winner Gareth Hinds illustrates the challenges of adapting classic literature into graphic narratives with his renditions of Beowulf and The Odyssey, while emerging artist Liz Prince depicts the adolescent experience in excruciating detail in Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed, winner of the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Debut in 2005. Matt Phelan brings his whimsical aesthetic to a younger audience, including his Scott O’Dell winning book for Historical Fiction, The Storm in the Barn, and Veronica Fish vividly re-invents gothic horror with humor and wit in her highly anticipated series Pirates of Mars and her soon-to-be-released Frankenstein. Altogether this talented group will illustrate in grand fashion precisely what a picture is worth.
Susan Kirtley is Assistant Professor of English at Portland State University in Portland, OR, and a former member of the University of Massachusetts Lowell faculty. She is author the forthcoming (March 2012) biography, Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass.
Karen E. Roehr is Associate Professor of Art with the Art Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, teaching courses in graphic design and typography. She is also director of the UMLtimate Studio at UMass Lowell and creator of the comic strip Gymratz© published by International Gymnast Magazine.
Legendary hip hop artist Chuck D, who cofounded the rap group Public Enemy, will visit the University of Massachusetts Boston to talk about “Race, Rap, and Reality” on Tuesday, February 1 as part of the campus’s kick-off for Black History Month.
This free lecture takes place in the Campus Center Ballroom from 3 to 5 p.m.
“Whether you agree or disagree with his words, Chuck D commands attention,” said Chancellor J. Keith Motley. “I’m proud of our Office of Student Activities & Leadership and our Student Arts and Events Council for bringing Chuck D to our campus, and I am truly looking forward to hearing his remarks.”
Best known as leader and cofounder of one of hip hop’s most influential groups of all time, Chuck D redefined rap music and hip hop culture with the release of Public Enemy’s explosive debut album, Yo Bum Rush the Show, in 1987.
He is the author of two critically acclaimed books, a political activist, publisher, radio host, and producer. His messages address weighty issues about race, rage, and inequality. Chuck D and Public Enemy were celebrated in the May 2004 issue of Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “50 most important performers in rock & roll history.” In 2007, he was named one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans by Ebony magazine.
Chuck D is also a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, and the National Alliance for African American Athletes. He has appeared in numerous public service announcements for national peace and the Partnership for a Drug Free America. As he continues to work on commentary, music, and writing on diversity, politics, rap, and technology, it is clear that there are few who have transcended music and have made an impact as loud as hip hop speaker Chuck D.
The event is sponsored by UMass Boston’s Student Arts and Events Council.
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