Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Art and Comics Meet in Dallas

Here's a weird one. Apparently the Dallas Museum of Art gives out a bunch of grants each year to artists. One of the grants is the Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant. (Just an aside--Otis and Velma?) And one of the two recipients of this grant this year is a cartoonist named Jeremy Smith.  
Jeremy Smith is a self-taught cartoonist who finds meaning in mundane moments and articulates them through image and text. He will use the Dozier Travel Grant to visit New York City and collaborate with Al Columbia, a professional cartoonist whom he greatly admires, exposing Smith to a new level of expertise and techniques. Smith has exhibited at The Public Trust and Art Prostitute galleries in Dallas, among others, and was a recipient of the Xeric Grant in 2007, which enabled him to publish his first book, Ropeburn. (Dallas Art News, June 7)
I am ashamed to admit I never heard of Smith or his comic. I will definitely have to check it out.


You can order a copy of Ropeburn here. Smith has a blog--updated very infrequently--here and there is a brief interview with him here.

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