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Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge Hosts Chuck Jones Exhibit

What's Up, Doc?: The Animated Art of Chuck Jones is the current exhibit at the Union Art Gallery at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge

Since 1964, the LSU Student Union Art Gallery has been bringing cultural and educational exhibits and programs to the Baton Rouge community. Located in the very heart of the Student Union, the gallery draws a wide range of visitors, from students to faculty and staff to community members to school groups. All of the exhibits are free and open to the public, including the receptions and programs that accompany each show.

During the fall and spring semesters, the Union Art Advisory Committee meets once a month to approve proposed exhibits and programs. The Committee was inspired to select the Chuck Jones exhibit, What's Up, Doc?: The Animated Art of Chuck Jones, based on the number of youth groups and families that visit LSU during the summer. They have already had an overwhelming positive response from the thousands of freshman orientation attendees who find their way into the gallery every week.

With the help of the gallery collection manager, Hugh O'Connor, they were able to supplement the over 100 original sketches and animation cels with memorabilia items from the past 40 years to demonstrate the pervasiveness of Jones's creations in American pop culture.

They have also set up two televisions on opposite ends of the gallery, which play Chuck Jones biographies and interviews along with many of his best known cartoons, including a sampling of classic Looney Tunes shorts, Tom and Jerry, and Rikki Tikki Tavi

At the far end of the gallery, they have provided a "make your own character mask" station for our younger guests as well as a memory board where visitors can share their favorite Chuck Jones moments. 

In mid-July (tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, July 17) the gallery will host some educational programs, including a lecture on the history of animation by Yeon Choi of University of Louisiana at Lafayette; a panel discussion on the works of Chuck Jones; and a presentation by Jones's grandson, Craig Kausen. For more information on the exhibit or the gallery, please visit www.lsu.edu/union

How to Draw Bugs Bunny: The Results

Okay, we didn't set a Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue at the Chuck Jones Big Draw like we hoped to, but and it's big but (!), we did set a record for the largest Chuck Jones art lesson taught in one venue!  Along with Chuck Jones on video, the Center's very own teaching artist, Christopher Scardino, led a class of 122 artists, students, and adults, teaching them how to draw the iconic Warner Bros. character, Bugs Bunny.  After the class, participants were encouraged to take their new found talent and draw on the walls of the venue.  The results were so wonderful, so delightful, so well-done, that we just had to share.  As Chris said, "you are drawing your Bugs Bunny, it may not look exactly like Chuck's Bugs Bunny, but it is yours." 

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Linda Jones Clough, Chuck's daughter, led the charge to the walls and had quickly sketched out several Bugs Bunny images.  (photo courtesy Stephen Russo)

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Muralist, actor, renaissance man, all words that describe the talented James (Jimmy) C. Mulligan.  (photo courtesy Stephen Russo)







Volunteer Tommy Martinez, graphic designer and artist, quickly sketched out an awesome looking Bugs Bunny!  Love that bent ear, so characteristic of Chuck's assertion that character dictates expression.

Even the littlest among us had something to say about Bugs Bunny and expressed themselves visually with the same care and concentration you'd expect from a professional.  It was fantastic to watch!

And just before you left the venue, artist Anna Panover's interpretation of Bugs Bunny reminded you what season it really was.