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Jack Davis and Alex Murawski to sign books at Georgia Museum of Art

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Noted illustrator Jack Davis and Professor Alex Murawski, Lamar Dodd School of Art, will sign books at the Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA) at the University of Georgia Sunday, Nov. 4, at 1:30 p.m. Davis’ work is featured in the exhibition “Beyond the Bulldog: Jack Davis,” which opens at the museum Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. Organized by guest curator Patrick Dean, a cartoonist himself, who sits on the board of the Jack Davis Foundation, the exhibition goes deeper into Davis’ career than the sports and caricature work for which he is best known, focusing on his black-and-white drawings in particular. The exhibition and several associated events are also part of UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts festival, to be held Nov. 3–11.

At 3 p.m. the same day, Dean will give a public lecture in the museum’s M. Smith Griffith Auditorium, with a Q&A portion and a free reception to follow.

Perhaps best known in Georgia for his depictions of Southeastern Conference mascots tussling, Jack Burton Davis Jr. (b. 1924) has had a lengthy career in illustration and cartooning, with an immediately recognizable style and an influence that extends far beyond his home state. Having published his first cartoon at the age of 12, Davis studied with the artist Lamar Dodd in the University of Georgia’s art school, which he attended on the G.I. Bill, and honed his skills drawing for the Red and Black (the student newspaper) and Bullsheet, an Athens humor publication. After graduating, he moved to New York, where he attended the Art Students League before landing work with William Gaines at EC Comics. Famed in particular for his speed and a tendency to create images overflowing with colorful characters, he was one of the founding artists of Mad magazine, supplied covers for Time and TV Guide and designed album art and movie posters aplenty.

Murawski is professor of art and graphic design at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. He serves as president of the Jack Davis Foundation’s board. He also contributed substantially to the book “Jack Davis: Drawing American Popular Culture,” published by Fantagraphics Books in 2012 and available for sale in the Museum Shop. Davis and Murawski will sign up to two items per person.

This exhibition is sponsored by the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art.

UGA Spotlight on the Arts
The Spotlight on the Arts festival is presented by the UGA Arts Council, of which the department of theatre and film studies is a participating unit. More than 50 events are scheduled during the nine-day festival in November. For more information, see

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-6719. For more information, including hours, see or call 706.542.GMOA (4662).



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