Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination
100 Years of an Animated Artist
Cartoon Art Museum
Exhibition: February 9 – May 5, 2013
San Francisco: The Cartoon Art Museum has announced a centennial
retrospective of the art of legendary animation director and creator Chuck Jones, on display from February 9
through May 5, 2013. The exhibition, comprising 100 works of art from the
late 1930s through the late 1990s, is entitled Chuck Jones: Drawing on
Imagination—100 Years of an Animated Artist. Artwork for the exhibit is
provided by the Chuck
Jones Center for Creativity in
Costa Mesa, CA.
Original model sheet for the Chuck Jones-directed "Fast and Furry-ous" 1949. This cartoon marked the debut of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.
Chuck Jones, a graduate of the Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts in
Valencia), drew $1.00 portraits on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles before
he began his career in animation as a cel washer at Ubbe Iwerks Studio in 1932.
He directed his first cartoon, “The Night Watchman,” for Leon Schlesinger
Productions in 1938 and went to helm such classic Warner Brothers shorts as
"What's Opera, Doc?" and "One Froggy Evening." Winner
of three animation Oscars and an honorary Lifetime Achievement Oscar for
"the creation of classic cartoons and cartoon characters," Jones is
today considered synonymous with the "Golden Age" of studio animation
and has inspired many of today’s most significant film directors,
artists, and animators.
“I have been a fan of the Cartoon Art Museum
for many years and to finally have such an extensive exhibition presented here
is like a dream come true. My grandfather loved San Francisco and its
denizens. This exhibition, with many never-before-exhibited works, is a
masterpiece to celebrate Chuck’s Centennial Celebration,” said Craig Kausen,
Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck’s grandson.
“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to partner with the Chuck Jones Center for
Creativity, and to bring our patrons 100 pieces of classic and rarely seen
artwork from one of the greatest and most influential cartoonists in American
history,” said Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew Farago. “Chuck received
the Cartoon Art Museum’s Sparky Award for lifetime achievement in 1998, and I’m
grateful for the opportunity to further celebrate his extraordinary career and
About The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity located in
Costa Mesa, California. Founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient
and legendary animation creator, Chuck Jones, the Center’s vision is to inspire
the innate creative genius within each person that leads to a more joyous,
passionate, and harmonious life and world.
The Center is dedicated to re-invigorating the creative spirit and they are
doing it through art classes, exhibitions, lectures, and film festivals, all of
which spring from the material in the Chuck Jones archive. Jones was a
determined saver and his writings, art, and other ephemera from a nine-decade
life along with his philosophy of guiding and nurturing instruction form the
basis of their programs.
About the Cartoon Art Museum
Founded in 1984, the Cartoon
Art Museum is
the only museum in the western United States dedicated to cartoons and comics.
The museum was started by a group of cartoonists and collectors who
wanted to share their appreciation of this unique art form with the rest of the
world. The museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and
exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms to benefit historians,
cartoonists, journalists, artists, collectors and the general public.