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sun23apr - 9julAll DayThe Far-Reaching Impact of Karl Kae Knecht(All Day) Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Time

April 23 (Sunday) - July 9 (Sunday)

Location

Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Event Details

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This exhibition interprets the career of longtime Evansville Courier cartoonist Karl Kae Knecht. Knecht’s career at the Courier spanned the years 1906-1960 and his editorial cartoons chronicled much of what was happening in the city and the nation. Drawn from the collection of the Evansville Museum, community collections and private collections, the exhibition will also highlight other aspects of Knecht’s life, including his photography, civic involvements and a selection of the miniature elephants that he collected during his life.

Born in 1883 in Iroquois, South Dakota Territory, Knecht came to the Evansville Courier in 1906 after completing courses at the Art Institute of Chicago. It was in this year, that his editorial cartoons first appeared on the front page of the newspaper. Eleven years later he was appointed the paper’s first photographer. Today, thousands of his photographs documenting Evansville are in the collection of Willard Library.

In 1928, Knecht helped found Mesker Park Zoo.  This occurred after the president of the American Circus Corporation offered Knecht a pair of lions.  A year later, Knecht bolstered the fledgling zoo—Indiana’s first—with a successful fund drive to purchase an elephant for the new facility.  The elephant, Kay, was named in honor of Karl Kae Knecht.

By 1949, Knecht officially became the dean of American editorial cartoonists with more years spent penning cartoons than any of his colleagues across the country.  It was also in this year that he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, and on July 21, 1954, Evansville celebrated Karl Kae Knecht Day.

On June 1, 1960, after 54 years at the paper and over 18,000 cartoons, Knecht retired. He remained in Evansville until his death in July of 1972, and he is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Today, his cartoons are in the archives of the University of Evansville and the Evansville Museum, and originals of his works are included in the collections of the presidential libraries of Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman and in the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California.

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sun30apr - 9julAll DayArt in Bloom: The Plein Air Paintings of Ramon Vilanova(All Day) Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Time

April 30 (Sunday) - July 9 (Sunday)

Location

Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Event Details

In cooperation with Greg Bloch from Chicago’s Triad Art Group, the Evansville Museum presents 35 new paintings by contemporary Spanish artist Ramon Vilanova in a major Old Gallery exhibition from April 30 – July 9.

Born outside of Barcelona in 1947, Ramon Vilanova was discouraged by his parents from pursuing a career as an artist. His desire to paint, however, was compelling; and this self-taught artist has mastered the depiction of the fertile landscape of the northeast region of Spain that he calls home. Painting “plein air,” a French expression meaning “in the open air,” refers to the act of painting outdoors with the artist’s subject in full view. Vilanova captures the spirit and essence of the natural landscape by incorporating light, color and movement into his work.

sun7may - 3sepmay 71:00 amsep 3Ceramics by Alisa (Al) Holen Exhibition(may 7) 1:00 am - (september 3) 1:00 am Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Time

May 7 (Sunday) 1:00 am - September 3 (Sunday) 1:00 am

Location

Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Event Details

Assistant chair of the department of art and an assistant professor of ceramics at the University of Southern Indiana, Alisa (Al) Holen is a consistent award winner in regional competitions. Her ceramics will be exhibited in the John Streetman Alcove from May 7 – September 3.

When asked about what influenced her to become an artist, Al Holen tells the story that, growing up, she didn’t know that dads watched football on weekends. She thought dads went to the art studio on the weekends. Her father, the sculptor Norman D. Holen, was a professor of art at Ausberg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She recalls that there was always clay at their house and father and daughter would work side by side making art.

Holen holds a Bachelor of Art degree from Ausberg College, a Master’s degree in ceramics and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture with a ceramic emphasis from the University of Iowa. She is active as a presenter in the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference and is involved in many local arts activities including founding Empty Bowls Evansville.