Online Symposium Illustration and Race: Rethinking the History of Published Images

The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies invites you to join an 


Illustration and Race: 
Rethinking the History of Published Images

Friday and Saturday • September 23 & 24

Compelling conversations with 23 distinguished illustrators, art directors, authors, curators, and scholars will explore more than 300 years of racial representation in published art and the role of mass-circulated imagery as a force in shaping public perception about people and groups of people. Presented in conjunction with Imprinted: Illustrating Race, the Museum’s current exhibition, this symposium will spark dialogue about the ways that art, advertising, and systems of publishing have helped to frame public opinion, and how the art of illustration is a catalyst for change today.

Especially pertinent to comic scholars:

Saturday, September 24 – 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Session Four

With Karama Horne, Culture Journalist, and Shawn Martinbrough, artist and writer; with an introduction by William H. Foster, III, author, comics historian, and Professor Emeritus, Naugatuck Community College.

William H. Foster, III, Karama Horne, and Shawn Martinbrough will discuss the history and art of some of the top African-American artists working in the comic book industry today. Horne’s and Martinbrough’s exhibition, The Artist’s Experience: From Batman to Brotherman, will be on view at the Society of Illustrators in New York through October 31, 2022.

The cost for the entire symposium is $35 for the general public, but only $10 for students and educators.