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Date: September 7, 2004 (04-77) 

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Montgomery College Hosts “The Art of Politics” Exhibit
A Fair and Balanced Look at Political Portraits at VCT Gallery thru Nov. 2 

            Political cartoons have long been a part of America’s news publications, offering insight or opinion into politicians and current events.  They gained prominence in 1871when Harper’s Weekly illustrator Thomas Nast helped force “Boss” Tweed and his corrupt ring out of office with the power of his pen.  Today, political cartoons continue to focus on government problems, business fraud, political races and the presidential election. 

Montgomery College takes a close look at this art form in the exhibit “The Art of Politics: A Fair and Balanced Look at Political Portraits” at the Visual Communication Technologies (VCT) Gallery, located on the Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, through November 2.  An opening reception for the exhibit will be held at the VCT Gallery on Wednesday, September 22, 7-8:30 p.m.

“A timely display of contemporary and historic political portraits, this exhibition demonstrates the power of visual imagery to communicate an idea,” said Martha Vaughan, Montgomery College professor and exhibit co-organizer.  “The artist’s ability to create a likeness of the subject with an economical vocabulary combined with the communication skills to make editorial comments has created a genre that solves a unique communication problem.”

“The Art of Politics” features the work of eight Washington-area illustrators who specialize in altered political portraits:

·        William Brown, a Takoma Park cartoonist and illustrator, authored “President Bill, A Graphic Epic” and created “Citizen Bill,” a political cartoon feature.

·        Cory Correll, a Montgomery College alumnus, works as a freelance illustrator and teaches at Northern Virginia Community College.

·        Marcia Klioze-Hughes, a Reston resident and former Montgomery College student, is an award-winning illustrator who specializes in conceptual caricature and portraiture. 

·        Lucinda Levine, a Syracuse University graduate, is a freelance artist known for her pen and ink illustrations of a wide variety of subjects.   

·        Rob Sprouse, a board member of the Washington Illustrator’s Club, creates product illustrations, exhibit graphics, advertising and video storyboards.

·        Marcia Staimer, an Alexandria resident, has worked as an illustrator at design studios and various national newspapers. 

·        Richard Thompson, a former Montgomery College student, currently draws “Richard’s Poor Almanac” and “Cul de Sac” for The Washington Post.

·        Dan Voss recently retired from Montgomery College after 38 years teaching graphic design, illustration, printing, photography, and media appreciation.

The VCT Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Technical Center at the College’s Rockville Campus.  Hours for the gallery are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

For more information about “The Art of Politics” exhibit at the VCT Gallery, call 240-567-7535.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and  Silver Spring. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study. 

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