March 9, 2008

Kickoff of Illo. Minn. Exhibit with Mark English

By Dave Machacek

Illo. Minn. Exhibit Mark English Mark English--Illustration for US Parks Dept.

ArtOrg and the St. Olaf College Department of Art & Art History would like to welcome Illustrators Mark and John English to a lecture on Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 pm in Dittmann Center room 305. The exhibit “Illo. Minn.” will then open at the ArtOrg Moving Walls Gallery that evening after the lecture at about 8:30. Mark English is in the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, John English is head of the popular Illustration Academy, and the exhibit Illo. Minn. will feature work from about two-dozen working illustrators from Minnesota. Please take advantage of this opportunity to see art and illustration at its highest level.

Mark English has been one of the leading illustrators in the US and abroad for three decades. His unique style is easily recognizable in such publications as McCalls, Time, Sports Illustrated, Redbook, Atlantic Monthly, and others. He has won literally hundreds of awards for his work and has been the most awarded illustrator in the history of the Society of Illustrators in New York. His client list includes such notables as IBM, U.S. Park Service, RCA, GE, Ford, GM, and Honeywell. Here is a wonderful interview of Mark English by C.F. Payne.

John English was influenced and inspired by his early experiences in Connecticut where he was raised in the company of New York’s most talented illustrators. He studied illustration at the University of Kansas with John Collier and went on to apprentice for his father, attending the Illustrators Workshops in Paris, New York and Monterey. In 1984, he began his career, and has received numerous awards from organizations including New York Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Graphis and Print Magazine. John is a principal of the Illustration Academy, and also teaches there with his father.

The exhibit “Illo. Minn.” will features the work of over 25 commercially active Minnesota illustrators. This illustration exhibition will explore an evolving profession through the work of the participating artists. Illo.Minn is being curated by long-term College of Visual Arts in St. Paul adjunct faculty member Andy Powell. ArtOrg wishes to thank the College of Visual Arts and Andy Powell!

Hours of the show are as follows:

Mark and John English will give a talk at St. Olaf College on Thursday, March 13 at 7pm in Dittmann Center Room 305. Dittman Center is the large building on the west side of the main parking lot in front of the student center called Buntrock Commons. Here is a map. Gallery exhibit opens after the talk at 8:30 pm at ArtOrg 200 Division Street (riverside entrance).

By appointment at or by calling 507-645-2555, and Saturdays and Sundays 1-4 pm until March 30.

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