Cartooning the Presidency: A Cartoon Retrospective by Mike Smith--Artist's Talk

Nevada Humanities Program Gallery
1017 South First Street, #190
Las Vegas, Nevada
Thursday, August 3, 2017
6:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.

As part of its bimonthly exhibition series, Nevada Humanities presents the exhibition Cartooning the Presidency: A Cartoon Retrospective by Mike Smith from August 3 through September 27, 2017, at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery. An artist reception and discussion will be held on Thursday, August 3, at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, from 6 - 9 p.m., with the artist discussion scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The Nevada Humanities Program Gallery and the artist reception/discussion are open to the public and free of charge.

Mike Smith is an award-winning editorial cartoonist featured daily in the Las Vegas Sun, where he has worked since 1983. Smith’s work, which has also appeared in The New York TimesUSA Today, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, is nationally syndicated by King Features. He has won numerous awards including Best Editorial Cartoon from the Best in the West and the Nevada State Press Association. Curated by Smith himself, the exhibition will feature a range of cartoons focused on the presidency, spanning several recent presidential administrations. The artwork will be selected from his extensive archive as well as current features. 

Drawing since his youth, Smith has honed the skills needed to create a weekly editorial cartoon in an ever-changing world. Under the pressure of a journalist’s constant looming deadline, he has created a remarkable body of work brought together to tell a powerful story about presidential administrations over time and how they are perceived by the public. Smith’s daily cartoons can be viewed in the Las Vegas Sun, or visit an archive of his work at: https://lasvegassun.com/news/opinion/smiths-world/.

 “Mike Smith has created a vast array of political cartoons, sharing his keen insight and observations with us each week. His work reminds us of the important role that political cartoonists play in digging deep into places that are funny, insightful, and sometimes uncomfortable. As we all come to terms with the diverse political perspectives held throughout our nation, I am grateful for Mike’s weekly reminder that humor connects us all.” says Christina Barr, executive director of Nevada Humanities.

The Nevada Humanities Program Gallery is located at 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas, in the Art Square Garden Courtyard downtown within the Las Vegas Arts District. The Program Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and until 9 p.m. on Preview Thursdays and the first Friday of each month.