Now Showing in the Café Gallery
NUGGETS: ALASKA IN CARTOONS
Artwork by Jamie Smith
Jamie Smith is the creator of the cartoon feature Nuggets, which has appeared weekly in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner since 1988. Originally from western and central New York, Smith grew up hiking the forests of the Allegheny, Catskill, and Adirondack mountains. Since migrating to the interior of Alaska, he has trekked across much of the state on long-distance solo backcountry trips. Smith currently teaches drawing at UAF and creates freelance illustrations out of his cabin, which he shares with his wife and cats. Volumes of his collected works are available at local independent booksellers, while original pieces can be purchased through the Alaska House Art Gallery in Fairbanks.
Smith said he chose the pieces in this exhibit from half a dozen years worth of published work. "Given the time frame of the exhibit there’s a slightly seasonal skew, otherwise it’s the usual Fairbanks foibles. When viewed as a whole, generally all of the cartoons will touch upon some attribute of life in the Arctic and the critters that inhabit it, including the people. Individually they exemplify one of the unique aspects of the newspaper feature: the unpredictable and diverse range of subject matter I get to touch on, which mirrors my erratic, spontaneous attention span across eclectic topics of interest."
Read more about the artist's inspiration and ideas behind the exhbiit on our blog.
ABOVE: Photo by Colin Cornwall
This presentation is part of a rotating schedule of exhibits featuring UAF adjunct artists.