Two hundred and fifty times a year, for nearly 25 years, Bob Englehart, the first full-time editorial cartoonist for The Hartford Courant has been giving the paper’s readers a piece of his mind in the form of a drawing that says something pithy about a politician, a policy, an event, or perhaps the awesome performance of the Husky basketball teams.
Englehart recently donated more than 30 of his original drawings to the University’s Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, augmenting the archives’ political, social, and cultural collections. The cartoons included in this exhibit, drawn from donation and from his personal collection, are from Englehart’s more recent work. They are displayed thematically under the headings of civil and human rights, the economy, and the University of Connecticut.
It takes the skill of a talented artist blended with that of an incisive social commentator to create a humorous or satirical observation in one small illustration. Displayed on the editorial page of most major American newspapers every day, the editorial cartoon is what most readers look at first.
A native of Indiana, Bob Englehart studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago before joining the staff of Chicago Today in 1966 as cartoonist and illustrator. In 1972, Englehart returned to Fort Wayne, Indiana as a free-lance artist for The Journal-Gazette. He became a full-time cartoonist in 1975 when he joined the staff of The Journal Herald (Dayton, Ohio). Englehart has published several collections of his syndicated editorial cartoons, in addition to illustrating a children’s book and providing television cartoon commentary. He lives and works in Middletown.
August 29 – October 14, 2005
The public is cordially invited to hear Mr. Englehart speak about his 25 years at The Hartford Courant on September 22, 2 p.m., in the Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center.