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ECU Exhibit Features Political Illustrations

By Erica Plouffe Lazure

The political visions of fifty artists will be on display at ECU’s Mendenhall Student Gallery through April 25. The exhibition, “Another Voice,” features more than 150 political illustrations that challenge and celebrate politics and political difference.

Curated by Patrick Flynn, former art director for “The Progressive” magazine, the exhibition arrives at time when political interest is at an all-time high, said Sarah Searcy, president of the ECU Painting Guild.

“This exhibition provides an important opportunity for School of Art students and the greater university community to be exposed to and learn about political illustration and role of political illustrators as social informers, commentators, and galvanizers,” Searcy said.

Two exhibit artists, Sue Coe and David McLimans held a panel discussion with Flynn April 3 at Hendrix Theatre.

Coe, an activist, painter, author and comic book illustrator whose work has been exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art will also give an artist talk at 1 p.m. April 4 in the Speight Auditorium at the ECU School of Art and Design, Jenkins Fine Arts Center. The artists will also visit with art students and faculty.

McLimans, an award-winning mixed-media illustrator, is a winner of the 2007 Caldecott Honor Award for his book, “Gone Wild.” Coe has appeared on the cover of “Art News” and been the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

“One goal of the event is to activate the students’ participation in politics and to encourage careful consideration of the choices they make that will determine the country’s future, domestically and on the international stage,” said Lisa Beth Robinson, event coordinator.

The event is sponsored by: ECU’s Painting and Design Associates guilds, the Fine Arts Funding Board, Gray Gallery, School of Communication, ECU Honors Program, the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Chair, School of Art and Design and the Student Union.

For information, contact Lisa Beth Robinson at 328-5480 or Kate LaMere at 328-5180, or visit


This page originally appeared in the April 4, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at