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A mother bear and three cubs are drawn in a wooded area with many of the trees cut down to the roots. In the foreground, one of the trees has a sign reading “Tree Farm,” suggesting the conception of an industrial forest. The header image was illustrated by Stanley Galli.
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John M. Olin Library, Ginkgo Reading Room

Artifacts & Fictions: Curated by Students in Illustration and Visual Culture

The Artifacts & Fictions exhibition presents selected works from the Master of Fine Arts in Illustration and Visual Culture (MFA-IVC) students as a part of their Exhibition & Engagement course requirement this spring.

A statue of a woman holding a torch above her head and a national flag in the other is being paraded on a ship drawn on land by a horse with men and women celebrating around both the ship and the statue.
“The National Holiday” (September 22, 1893) illustration from Supplement Illustré du Petit Journal depicts Marianne, the national female allegory for the French Republic, as a statue.

The class focuses on the planning and development of exhibitions and programs that serve as a critical form of scholarly investigation and as a vehicle for public engagement in special collections practice. Students participating in the class conduct research with materials from the Dowd Illustration Research Archive and organize exhibitions to gain an understanding of practical and theoretical issues related to studying and displaying collections.

Header Image Credit: The header image is an illustration by Stanley Galli that was painted for a Weyerhaeuser advertisement. The illustration can be found in Washington University in St. Louis’ Walter Reed Illustrative Archive within the Dowd Illustration Research Archive.