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Cartoonist Visits Colby

September 29, 2012

Colby College student, Leah Breen is planning an event on campus that is open to Colby students as well as younger students. She has arranged for Matt Wuerker, a Pulitzer prize winning editorial cartoonist for Politico, to come to campus on October 10.

Matt will lead a cartooning workshop focused on the creative process of how an idea becomes a drawing for students at 3:30 in Diamond. Hors d’oeuvres will be available at 5:30pm for people to look at his work and speak with him. At 7:00pm Matt will speak and some of his artwork will be on display in the Diamond atrium during the days leading up to the event. Wuerker will talk about creating images that reflect events and sentiments during an election season. He will also discuss the fine line between humorous art and serious political statements. Leah says: “His  images are outstanding and he is a fantastic speaker (I saw him give a talk at the Newseum in D.C this summer).””

Matt Wuerker is a political cartoonist for, and a founding staff member of, Politico. He is a winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning which represented Politico’s first Pulitzer win. In 2009 and 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.

Over the past 25 years, his work has appeared in publications ranging from The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. His work extends beyond political cartooning—he has pursued clay animation, outdoor mural, book illustration, and even teaching cartooning to prison inmates.

What a unique opportunity – hopefully students who are interested in cartooning will attend.

The workshop, dinner (buffet style so people can browse Matt’s images with him like at an art gallery), and evening lecture are all open to the public and are all free. Everyone is welcome! Here is a link to the posting on Colby’s site: http://www.colby.edu/academics_cs/goldfarb/_dept_news/events/2662462

The workshop is at 3:30pm, the dinner is at 5:30pm in Diamond, and the lecture is at 7:00pm. All events are in the Diamond building, located next to Admissions on Mayflower Hill Dr. This map shows Diamond at the bottom, left hand corner: http://www.colby.edu/college_cs/visitor_center/campus-map.cfm. 

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