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COC Art Gallery to host Paul Conrad exhibit

Works by three-time Pulitzer-winning political cartoonist on display

Posted: August 18, 2010 2:30 p.m.
Updated: August 19, 2010 12:45 p.m.

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery will host "I, Con: The Brilliant Work of Paul Conrad," an exhibition featuring more than 50 drawings by three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Paul Conrad, from Tuesday, Aug. 31, to Thursday, Sept. 30.

A special reception will be held in the COC Art Gallery from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31.

According to a COC spokesperson, Conrad is regarded as one of the most distinguished political cartoonists in the world.

The artist began his career at The Denver Post in 1950 before moving on to the Los Angeles Times in 1964 where he served as chief editorial cartoonist until 1993.

At 87, Conrad is still active and producing his biting cartoons for syndication in newspapers across the country and abroad.

Despite having been honored with numerous prestigious awards, Conrad is most fond of his distinction for being included on Richard Nixon's infamous "enemies" list - reflecting the impact of the artist's prolific work during that era, a COC spokesperson said.

"I feel that this exhibition will be a real treat for our community," said Larry Hurst, COC art gallery director. "Of all the editorial cartoonists working today, no one has reached the status of Paul Conrad. This type of creative work requires not only technical drawing skill, but a sharp wit and profound understanding of social and political events - not to mention humor. Mr. Conrad is certainly a master of this genre."

The COC Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Visitors unable to visit the gallery during these hours can call to make a viewing appointment.

All gallery exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.


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