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Upcoming exhibition: STILL… Racism in America

For immediate release:  March 31, 2022

(Columbus, OH) – STILL… Racism In America – A Retrospective in Cartoons features the work of cartoonists Brumsic Brandon, Jr. and Barbara Brandon-Croft. STILL is on view May 21 through October 23. Admission is free.

Pioneering father/daughter cartoonists Brumsic Brandon, Jr., (1927-2014) and Barbara Brandon-Croft (1958- ) chronicled the nation’s cultural landscape in their comic strips through the lens of racism. The elder Brandon who created Luther in the late sixties, and was later syndicated by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate until 1986, was also known for his blistering editorial cartoons for the Black press and other publications.

Where I’m Coming From is the work of his youngest daughter, Barbara Brandon-Croft, the nation’s first Black woman cartoonist to be syndicated in the mainstream press; it debuted in 1989 in the Detroit Free Press. Her provocative feature was later distributed by Universal Press Syndicate until 2005.

Brumsic Brandon, Jr. said that his motivation to draw cartoons with social commentary sprang from his “experiences of being Black in a white racist society.” Themes explored in the exhibit include racial disparities and subjugation, voting rights, white supremacy, policing, black history and hope. For six decades, Brandon and Brandon-Croft’s respective pens lay bare the truth: Nothing has changed. This retrospective reveals how vividly the specter of racism remains in America… STILL.

This exhibition originated at Medialia Gallery in New York City. The Ohio State University’s installation will include original Luther cartoons from the Brumsic Brandon, Jr. Collection at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. STILL is curated by Tara Nakashima Donahue.

Also on display in the galleries starting May 21: Celebrating Sparky: Charles Schulz and Peanuts.

Save the Date: Opening reception and program with Barbara Brandon-Croft and Tara Nakashima Donahue at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum on Saturday, May 21 .

Barbara Brandon-Croft resting her left arm on her father, Brumsic Brandon, Jr.

Barbara Brandon-Croft and Brumsic Brandon, Jr.

Brumsic Brandon, Jr., You-Phemisms: Reverse Discrimination, 1976, for Freedomways. © Brumsic Brandon, Jr., Art Trust. Used with permission.

Barbara Brandon-Croft, “Can we just elect a president who…”, Where I’m Coming From, 2019. © Barbara Brandon-Croft.

Thank you for 23 years at BICLM, Marilyn Scott!

It is with bittersweet best wishes and gratitude that we share that our dear colleague Marilyn Scott has retired, and today, November 30, is her final day at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (BICLM). After the retirement of Lucy Shelton Caswell in 2010, Scott has been here the longest, serving over 23 years! As all who have visited us know, the BICLM family is a small and tight-knit group, and her absence will be deeply felt. From managing our digitization program and website, to overseeing dozens of student employees over the years, to watering and pruning the plants she nurtured in our lobby and waiting area, Marilyn is one of those behind-the-scenes staff members integral to keeping our operations afloat. Here’s a look at Marilyn’s time at The Ohio State University:

Marilyn graduated from Ohio State with a Fine Arts degree. As a student, she worked at the Thompson and Fine Arts Libraries. Before beginning her career at BICLM in 1998, she also worked at OCLC. Over the past 23 years, Marilyn’s position in Special Collections has continuously evolved with the expansion of BICLM’s programs, facility and staff. In the early years, Marilyn’s job consisted of a wide range of duties including office management, financial oversight, graphic design, collection accessioning and processing, event planning and exhibition installation.   

Throughout her career at BICLM, Marilyn has been an extraordinarily productive contributor. Her list of accomplishments is long! She was instrumental in planning and executing BICLM’s popular triennial multi-day comics event, the Festival of Cartoon Art, from 2001 until 2013. She oversaw the management of BICLM’s extensive art collection, including the transition from an Access database to Past Perfect Museum management software. The system now manages and describes over 123,000 artworks that can be searched by the public. The database is a tremendously valuable resource for patrons, curators, donors and fans of cartoon art and allows BICLM to fulfill its stewardship responsibilities.

Working with students, Marilyn created and maintained the early iterations of BICLM’s website as well as numerous digital exhibitions, adopting multiple technologies and content management systems from HTML to Silverstripe, Drupal and WordPress.

Marilyn successfully managed BICLM’s digitization program, which served many hundreds of patrons and has resulted in a rich and valuable research resource. Marilyn oversaw the digitization of more than 17,000 rare or unique items from BICLM’s distinctive collections, making them discoverable with robust metadata. When Marilyn began this work, BICLM’s digital files were managed on CDs with Excel spreadsheets.  In collaboration with IT, she assisted with the migrations to Media Manager, the Image Management System and Digital Collections.

During Marilyn’s career at University Libraries, she has trained and supervised more than 50 student employees, providing them real-world skills and experience that they have carried forward into their careers.

Her vast knowledge of BICLM’s collections and history, her versatility, her willingness to help wherever she was needed and her cheerful demeanor will all be greatly missed. In retirement, Marilyn plans to pursue her interests in gardening, the arts, home renovation projects, yoga and attending to the whims and demands of her two house cats.

Please join us in congratulating Marilyn on her retirement!

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