Art from the Golden Age of American Illustration

October 24 – December 7, 2014

Suraci Gallery, Marywood University

Opening Reception: October 24, 6–8 PM

Gallery Talk: October 29, 3 PM


Marywood University presents DRAFTSMANSHIP AND STORYTELLING: Art from the Golden Age of American Illustration.The exhibition opens October 24th in the Suraci Gallery, located in the Shields Center for Visual Arts on Marywood University’s campus, and continues through December 7th. A gallery talk is scheduled for October 29, 2014 at 3 p.m.


The “Golden Age” of American illustration (1890s–1950s) was a period of unsurpassed excellence in print illustration. Advances in technology allowed books, magazines, and newspapers to be printed quickly and inexpensively, and with the proliferation of printed material, publications and their accompanying illustrations had an unprecedented impact on American life, consumerism, and culture.

Organized by illustrator John Kascht, the exhibition presents a selection of vintage illustration and early animation art. Included in the exhibition are drawings and paintings by Franklin Booth, A. B. Frost, Dean Cornwell, Walt Disney Studios, Frank Godwin, James Montgomery Flagg, Al Hirschfeld, Henry C. Pitz, Howard Pyle, Norman Rockwell, Dan Smith, Herbert Morton Stoops, and Al Williamson, among others. Preliminary sketches and studies are spotlighted, revealing the high level of draftsmanship and technical skill employed by these artists. In conjunction with the exhibition, John Kascht will be giving a gallery talk on October 29, 2014 at 3 p.m.

DRAFTSMANSHIP and STORYTELLING is the second in a series of two illustration exhibitions featured this fall in the Suraci Gallery. GOOD WORK: The Illustration Art Invitational focused on contemporary illustration.

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The Suraci Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Shields Center for Visual Arts on Marywood University’s campus. Admission to gallery events is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m.– 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1–4 p.m.


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