Master Marshall

October 24, 2003


Marshall Arisman is an illustrator, painter and educator and now the recipient of SVA’s 2003 Masters Series Award. Every year the College bestows the award to a groundbreaking visual artist, designer, photographer or illustrator who, over the course of his/her career, has been recognized as a great visual communicator. As part of the award, a retrospective exhibition of Arisman’s work, entitled The Masters Series: Marshall Arisman, Images for Everyday Use, will be held at the Visual Arts Museum, 209 East 23rd Street, from October 27 through November 22.


As an illustrator, Arisman’s drawings and paintings are seen regularly in publications such as: The New York Times, Playboy, Time, Esquire, Penthouse, Rolling Stone and Utne Reader. Since 1965, Arisman has had over 20 solo exhibitions. His work is included in the permanent painting and drawing collection of the Brooklyn Museum, the National Museum of American Art, the Guangdong Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Collection. In addition to the Masters Series exhibition, there will be a reception in the museum on opening night, October 27, from 6 to 8pm; a free public slide lecture on October 30, from 6 to 8pm in the SVA Amphitheater, 209 East 23 Street, 3rd floor; and a screening of the feature-length documentary film Arisman Facing the Audience on November 18, 6:30pm, also in the SVA Amphitheater.


As a tribute to Arisman, Thomas Woodruff, the chair of the BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department, asked his sophomore drawing class to create work for a small exhibition called Monkeys for Marshall. The work will be on view October 27 through October 31 on the second floor at 209 East 23rd Street.

Image: Marshall Arisman during installation of The Master Series
Photo credit: Brian Glaser

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