ATHENS, Ga. – Arnold Roth, widely regarded as one of the most innovative illustrators working today, will present the Lamar Dodd School of Art’s Jack Davis Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture on Friday, Feb. 13, at 5:30 p.m. in the Georgia Museum of Art’s M. Smith Griffith Auditorium on the University of Georgia campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Considered one of the best “visual humorists” of this century, Roth’s work has embellished America’s top magazines, including Time, Esquire, Playboy, TV Guide, Sports Illustrated and The New Yorker. Roth has also appeared on numerous television shows, including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The David Letterman Show and the Today Show.
The Jack Davis Distinguished Visiting Artist Series brings nationally known illustrators to UGA’s art school. The Davis Artist reflects the spirit of innovation and professionalism shown in Davis’ own work and career.
Davis has been one of America’s best-known illustrators for nearly half a century. Although he may be most associated with his work with the UGA Athletic Association, he was one of the original staff artists for Mad magazine 40 years ago and is the only member of the original staff who still contributes to the magazine. Davis attended UGA in the early 1950s.
Prior to the lecture, Roth and Davis will participate in an event called “Spring Training” on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 5:30 p.m. in the art school’s Courtyard Gallery on Jackson Street.
“It will be an evening of art, wine, food and conversation with a couple of America’s greatest illustrators and storytellers,” according to Alex Murawski, a graphic design professor at the school. This event is also free and open to the public.
Roth will be working on a lithograph along with faculty and students of the school. There will also be a display of original work by Davis, as well as a selection of hand colored lithographs by Ralph Steadman, the cartoonist best known for his collaborations with Hunter S. Thompson, which will be available for purchase.