April 4, 2018

POSTED BY

Celeste Hylton-James

CATEGORY

Drawn to Purpose

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  As a young female illustrator, I can’t help but feel awed by the grit and determination of female illustrators that paved the way for women like me. Unlike the society we live in today, women struggled more than I could ever understand. It was only a half a century …

 

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As a young female illustrator, I can’t help but feel awed by the grit and determination of female illustrators that paved the way for women like me. Unlike the society we live in today, women struggled more than I could ever understand. It was only a half a century ago when society expected women to live their lives as homemakers, secretaries, mothers, or wives. But what about the women who wanted to strike the world with their brushstrokes from their inked pens? What happened to the women that wanted to be illustrators and succeded? Even to this day, one might not know the women behind their favorite graphics or compositions due to all of the resistance they received. However, this is changing as society is turning a new leaf.

You should know these female illustrators, and the exhibit Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators is a love letter to all of the women illustrators that have been neglected for years.

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Taken from the rich collection of the prestigious Library of Congress, there are over 250 curated color illustrations by female illustrators from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first century. On display online, on-site, and in a book by Library of Congress curator Martha H. Kennedy, the multi-faceted exhibit explores the sophisticated socio-historical context of the illustrations’ creators and their concepts. One of the many illustrators that are highlighted is Barbara Brandon-Croft, the first African-American woman to have a syndicated comic strip titled Where I’m Coming From. Other pioneering female illustrators and artists like Jillian Tamaki, Alice Barber Stephens, and Anita Kunz also have work displayed. There are so many intriguing works in this exhibit. I encourage you to explore the wide selection they have in Drawn to Purpose.

You can explore this exhibit on-site and on their website. You can also purchase the book Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators on Amazon.

Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators:

November 18, 2017 – October 20, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Graphic Arts Galleries, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building

10 First St SE, Washington, DC 20540

 

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