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Cartooning Texas: One Hundred Years of Cartooning in the Lone Star State

Cleburne Friends of the Cultural Arts

Beginning June 1, J.N. Long Cultural Arts Complex will present a summer series of traveling shows from Humanities Texas. The series entitled Texas: From Cartoons to Cowboys includes three one month long visual displays emphasizing historic and cultural aspects of early life in Texas. Admission to the shows is free and guests at J.N. Long Cultural Arts are also invited to view our art galleries and two museums; the Model Railroad Museum and Texas Woodcarvers Guild Museum.

The first show “Cartooning Texas: One Hundred Years of Cartoon Art in the Lone Star State,” is an exhibition developed by Maury Forman and Robert A. Calvert for the Center for Texas Studies at the University of North Texas with support from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Political cartoons in Texas often focus on hotly contested, controversial and colorful political campaigns—usually for the governor’s chair. In “Cartooning Texas” you will meet a fascinating array of flamboyant politicians, ranging from the controversial Governor Hogg to the remarkable Pappy O’Daniel.

“Cartooning Texas” is both a cartoon history of Texas politics and a history of political cartooning in Texas.  It tells the story of one hundred years of events in Texas from 1890 to 1990 in a form that is wonderfully visible and precise. This exhibition serves as a compilation of the visual commentaries of journalists about the issues and people most important to Texans during the 100-year period.

The exhibition will be available to the public from June 1 to June 30, 2018. J.N. Long Cultural Arts Complex is located at 425 Granbury Street, Cleburne, TX. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the main building. For additional information please call: 817-641-4908.

This project is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please visit Humanities Texas online at or call 512.440.1991.

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425 Granbury Street · Cleburne, TX 76033