Arcadia University Presents Exhibit by Cartoonist Jamar Nicholas, Oct. 28 – Feb. 16
GLENSIDE, Pa. (Oct. 23, 2013) – The Arcadia University ARC (Art Research Collaboration) Exhibition Program is pleased to present “Jamar Nicholas: World Building,” an exhibit that looks at how cartoonist Nicholas crafts and designs the imaginary worlds found in his illustrations, comic strips, and graphic novels. The exhibit is housed in the University Common Great Room lobby from Oct. 28 through Feb. 16, 2014.
This exhibition examines the development of three of Nicholas’ distinctly different characters: Detective Boogaloo, a hip-hop cop from a web comic that debuted in 2001 on filmmaker Kevin Smith’s website moviepoopshoot.com; Nicholas’ graphic version of Geoff Canada, a boy growing up amidst violence in the Bronx from Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun, a graphic novel based on the memoir of social activist and educator Geoffrey Canada; and Leon, a latchkey superhero from Leon: Protector of the Playground, Nicholas’ latest graphic novel, expected to be released at the end of the year.
The initial sketches, finished Bristol board drawings, and published digital images displayed in the exhibit reveal what Nicholas visually articulates in order to convey unique, fully-formed, and multi-dimensional narratives.
Nicholas is an educator and award-winning cartoonist from Philadelphia. From 2003 to 2005 he served as an editorial cartoonist at the Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest African American newspaper. Nicholas earned several awards at the 2010 Glyph Awards, including the Story of the Year, Male Character of the Year, and Rising Star awards for transforming Geoffrey Canadaʼs personal account Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun into a graphic novel. In 2011, Nicholas’ Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun was selected to the Great Graphic Novel for Teens list by the Young Adult Library Services Association.
The exhibition was curated by Samantha Schaeffer (ARC Exhibition Program intern, senior art history major at Arcadia). An opening reception and panel discussion featuring Nicholas and comic artist and painter Mike Manley is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This exhibition is made possible by a donation to the Gateway Society by Theresa and John Rollins.
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information contact 215-572-2131.
About Arcadia University
Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2012 Open Doors report names Arcadia University #1 in the nation in undergraduate students studying abroad, while U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia among the top regional universities in the north and lauds Arcadia’s study abroad programs. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic world. Visit www.arcadia.edu.