On August 1-30, Glynn Art Association will host “Jack Davis: From the Beginning.” Local treasure and UGA alumnus Jack Davis has been one of the world’s leading humorous illustrators from 1949 until his semi-retirement. He is adored by UGA fans for his Georgia Bulldawg illustrations and GA/FL posters. On a national level, he’s known as one of the original artists of the legendary EC Comics and Mad Magazine, as well as the illustrator of film posters and ads, record covers, Raid TV commercials, Time and TV Guide covers. The National Cartoonist Society awarded him the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement award (1996), National Cartoonist Society Advertising Award (1980), and the National Cartoonist Society Reuben award (2000). He has been inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame (2003), and the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame (2005).
On Thursday, August 1, there will be a special Opening Reception/Panel Discussion moderated by Nick Meglin, former Mad editor and longtime friend of Davis, with Tom Richmond, President of the National Cartoonist Society and Mad illustrator, Jack Pittman, former President of SE Chapter of National Cartoonist Society and “Best in Advertising Illustration” award winner, and Mark Schultz, a leading Pen and Ink illustrator from Philadelphia. Nick will discuss his days with Jack while Tom, Jack P. and Mark will share how Davis’ art influenced them. The panel discussion begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Casino Theater and will be followed by a cocktail reception will follow at the Glynn Visual Arts Center. Cost to attend is $35 and space is limited, so RSVP early to email@example.com.
On Friday, August 2 (10-11 am) Alex Murawski, Professor of Art at Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia and President of the Jack Davis Foundation, will give a slide presentation of Davis’ career. On Saturday, August 3 (10-11am) Mark Schultz will present an inking demonstration. Friday and Saturday’s events are free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested as space is limited. The studio gallery will feature cartoons and illustrations by Georgia artists, including Ed Hose, Bob Pendarvis, Natalie Bishop, Michelle Smith, and Pilliard Dickle.