State of the Art

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be asked by Sterling Hundley if I’d like to accompany him to the State of the Art show at the Delaware Art Museum.

Spending time with Sterling at an illustration event? Color me yes.

I guess the first thing that really hit me was how gracious everyone was. I guess the years and years of being “low brow” (or what have you) made me not think a state run museum would be interested in illustration or the publisher’s who publish them. But that was far from the case. So, a big, BIG thank you to everyone involved. I had a fantastic time. Here’s a few snippets of the trip…

Curated by David Apatoff, I thought the show did a wonderful job of linking the threads of Howard Pyle to the current generation of image makers. I was lucky enough to take in David’s talk about the show, which gave even more details into his thinking on the curation. I especially liked with David asked me which online comic maker could be associated with Howard Pyle. I gave it some thought, and eventually came up with Kate Beaton, as she is the queen of the internets…

I’ve never known all that much about Howard Pyle… so to suddenly be thrust into his collection of originals, sketches and history was quite amazing. I need to learn more about the man.

Another joy was meeting John Cuneo for the first time. Having barely known his work prior to the show (my fault), I enjoyed his WoodyAllenEsque personality and the ties we had via comic books. It was a pleasure for him to ask for my card, only for my to reply I didn’t have one. You see, having just moved, I haven’t created new ones, and I don’t know if I could put my hands on my old ones if I had to… but this only fired his flames. I promise to mail John a new card once I have them.

Yet another nice surprise was the Hotel Dupont. Frequent readers of my blog will know I cherish traveling and the staying within hotels. At least the good ones. Celebrating their 100 year birthday this year, the place was a feast for the eyes… in more ways than you can imagine. They had original Pyles and Wyeths throughout the building. Hell, they even had some drawings for sale. When we opened the hotel room door the scent of whisky beckoned us to enter…

Bernie Fuchs originals? O.M.G… And I got to meet his daughter!

Since most everyone involved was/is an illustration nut, we also made time to run over to Wyeth Museum in Chadds Ford, PA. We honestly were the last ones to leave, with them shutting the doors pretty much right after us. Man… A Wyeth can feed the soul.

The State of the Art show is up until June 1st… so if you are in driving distance, please make the trip. You will be glad you did.

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