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Exhibition of artworks by Paul Szep on view at The National Museum of American Illustration
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NEWPORT, RI.- The National Museum of American Illustration announces a brand new exhibition: Paul Szep: Famous Faces, opening on Friday, August 22nd, 2014.

This new exhibition features brand new original artworks painted by the renowned Editorial Cartoonist, Paul Szep.

Paul Szep was Chief Editorial Cartoonist at the Boston Globe from 1967 - 2001. During his several decades long career, Szep won two Pulitzer Prizes, the coveted Thomas Nast Award (1983), two Sigma Delta Chi awards, the National Headliner Award in 1977, and the National Cartoonists Society's Editorial Cartoonist of the Year in 1978. He has also illustrated and authored more than a dozen books.

A Canadian, Paul Szep originally wanted to play professional hockey for the National Hockey League. He was also passionate about cartooning, so he combined his two loves by making sports cartoons for the Hamilton Spectator, thusly jumpstarting his career in the newspaper business while playing ice hockey. After graduation from Ontario College of Art with an illustration degree, he worked as a freelance illustrator and was eventually invited to interview for a political cartoonist position at the Boston Globe. In Szep's own words: "The bond with the Globe worked instantly; it was just a good marriage from the beginning." Thereafter, Szep created magic images for the Boston Globe for 34 years. More recently, Szep has been working as the first ever Online Editorial Cartoonist at the notable Huffington Post with his column (syndicated by Creators Syndicate) entitled: The Daily Szep.

This new Paul Szep: Famous Faces exhibition features caricatures by Szep of faces we all recognize such as Walt Disney, Alfred Hitchcock, and President Barack Obama. Art Buchwald says of Szep’s work: “Some lawmakers and establishment figures refer to Paul Szep as the ‘Boston Strangler’ and others are less gracious.”

The Paul Szep: Famous Faces exhibition will be on display beginning August 22, 2014, in the NMAI's Lower Level galleries in addition to our "American Muse" exhibition and illustrator Mary Jane Begin's "My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea". Remaining on display due to great popular demand is "Norman Rockwell and his Contemporaries", along with selections from our permanent American Imagist Collection. Paul Szep: Famous Faces will exhibit through Labor Day 2015.

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