AI25 Timeline Exhibit Opens in Pasadena

By Peggy Roalf   Tuesday June 10, 2008

The AI Timeline Exhibit, created to mark American Illustration's 25th anniversary, debuted in New York at Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts in 2006 and has since traveled, in the form of large-scale giclee prints, to the Savannah College of Art and Design, Pasons The New School for Design, Argentina's Universidad de Palermo and the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Now for the first time, all of the original art has been collected into an exhibit opening this week at Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena. Consisting of 25 images, the timeline offers a history of world events as interpreted by noted illustrators whose work has appeared in AI over the last quarter century. In addition to the timeline, cover art for many of the first 25 volumes will also be in display.

It is fitting that this new edition of the Timeline Exhibit is being hosted by Art Center, which has had strong ties to AI over the years. Among the artists represented in AI who teach, or have taught at Art Center are: Ann Field, Chair of the Illustration Department; Calef Brown; The Clayton Brothers; Jeff Decoster; Vivienne Flesher; Alex Gross; the late Phil Hayes; Jason Holley; Martha Rich; Paul Rogers; Jim Salvati; Aaron Smith; Jeff Smith; Mark Todd; Esther pearl Watson; and Kent Williams.

The AI Timeline exhibition artists, in date order, from 1982 to 2006: Seymour Chwast, Sue Coe, R.O. Blechman & Nicholas Blechman, Vivienne Flesher & Ward Schumaker, Henrik Drescher, Anita Kunz, Filip Pagowski, Ruth Marten, Matt Mahurin, Steven Guarnaccia, Jordin Isip, Frances Jetter, Jeffrey Fisher, Juliette Borda, Jason Holley, Karen Barbour, Mark Ulriksen, Roberta Parada, Steve Brodner, Guy Billout, Katherine Streeter, Tomer Hanuka, Saelee Oh & Souther Salazar, John Hendrix, Nathan Fox.

Mark Heflin, Director of American Illustration and American Photography, DART's parent organizations, will make a presentation at Art Center's Ahmanson Theater on Thursday, June 12 at 1:00 pm. The exhibition is on view at Art Center's Williamson Gallery from June 13 to August 17, 2008. Please visit the website for information.