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Indiana Women’s Caucus For Art

40th Anniversary Exhibition

May 26 – August 12, 2018
Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery

Reception: Sunday, June 3, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In 1978, a small group of local women artists met together to form a chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art. They were led by Moira Geoffrion, a professor of art at the University of Notre Dame, who described the IWCA as becoming “an energizing, networking, nurturing, and high-energy group, promoting regional women artists on a level that had not existed before.”  Forty years later, IWCA is still providing opportunities and support to women in art.  Two of our current members were part of that initial group, and several others have been active for almost four decades. For our 2018 anniversary year, we exhibiting work at the South Bend Museum of Art in celebration of our forty years as an active feminist art organization. This juried exhibition will feature paintings, photography and sculpture by the group’s current members.

About the Women’s Caucus for Art
The Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) is a national member organization unique in its multidisciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students, educators and museum professionals. It was founded in 1972 in connection with the College Art Association (CAA).

The mission of the Women’s Caucus for Art is to create community through art, education and social activism.  WCA is committed to recognizing the contribution of women in the arts, providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development, expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women, supporting local, national and global art activism and advocating for equity in the arts for all.

The Indiana Women’s Caucus for Art (IWCA) is a local chapter of the WCA, founded in South Bend, Indiana, with the mission of creating and expanding opportunities and recognition for women in art.  The IWCA provides ongoing support for members, including exhibitions, workshops, conferences, professional projects and activities.

WCA Website: nationalwca.org

IWCA Website and blog: wca-in.com

IWCA Facebook page: Women’s Caucus for Art- Indiana

Images (Above): Kay Westhues, View from Devon Theatre, Attica, IN, archival pigment print, 17 x 11 inches. (Below) Judy Wenig Horswell, Poppy Bug (King of the Hill), bronze, sawdust fired clay, painted wood, 4 x 4 x 3 3/8 inches.

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Sandra Perlow

Courser Stuff

July 14 – September 16, 2018
Art League Gallery
Reception: September 7, 2018  |  5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Gallery talk about her work beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Images (Above): Sandra Perlow, Slash Back (detail), 2018, Acrylic and pen on paper, 30 x 22 inches. (Below): Sandra Perlow, Whisper Back, 2015, Monoprint and acrylic on paper, 30 x 22 inches.


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Beyond Ink

Recent Artwork by South Bend and Regional Tattoo Artists

July 21 – October 7, 2018
Warner Gallery

Reception: Friday, October 5, 5:00 – 9:00p.m.

14 years following Thomas Edison’s patented invention of a “stencil-pen,” Samuel O’Reilly adapted the design to patent the first electric tattoo machine in the United States (1891). His invention made tattooing quicker and cheaper, opening it to the masses as a possible outlet of self expression. Almost 130 years later, tattoos are in the mainstream. A 2015 Harris Poll shows that nearly three in ten Americans (29%) has at least one tattoo. Seven in ten (69%) of those have two or more.

Even though tattooing has as long a history as other artistic mediums (archaelogists have found Egyptian mummies with tattoos from 3300BC), it is not always looked at through the same fine art lens. Historically, tattoos have been put on the same level as outsider or folk art in Western culture. And regardless of its increasing popularity, there is still a stigma against tattoos and people who choose to have them.

Beyond Ink hopes to further break down remaining stigmas and stereotypes by showcasing the artwork of tattoo artists from South Bend and the region. Their work is in a variety of media: oil and acrylic painting, drawing and jewelry. Perhaps by seeing this different side of tattooers, we can see them for what they are — artists — and we can reach a deeper appreciation and respect for their profession and creations. Some followed a course that lead them through art school, while others learned their craft apprenticing multiple years with a master tattooer.  In either case, each has spent years honing his or her craft and refining an individual style and unique voice in their work — both on and off someone’s skin.

A full list of all participating artists will be posted soon.

Included in the exhibition is an educational area that explores the history of tattoos and the tattooing process. Leave your mark in the exhibition by “tattooing” (drawing) on a life-size mannequin. Take a picture and share your image with SBMA on Instagram with the hashtag #SBMAtattoo and your work will be added to an ever-expanding slideshow shown in the exhibition.

Do you have a tattoo that is exceptionally meaningful to you? Share an image of it along with a brief description of what it means to you through Instagram with the hashtag #SBMAtattoo. A juried selection of images will be selected, printed, and added to the exhibition as part of The Side Show. Those selected will be able to keep their print at the end of the show. Learn more here.

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The Side Show

July 21 – October 7, 2018
Warner Gallery

Reception: Friday, October 5, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, tattoos were an exotic curiosity in the United States. Those with enough tattoos could earn a living by exhibiting themselves as part of dime museums or circus sideshows. A few became famous for their tattoos and the stories they invented as to how the tattoos were acquired. Captain Costentenus, for example, exhibited with P.T. Barnum beginning in 1873, claiming he was captured in Burma and tattooed over several months as a form of torture. While the story was false (he later admitted to being tattooed by European artists), it increased his notoriety and he was able to retire as a wealthy man in 1885.

Tattoos are now more popular then ever. Instead of going to a dime museum or circus sideshow to see them, we encounter them every day. Additionally, social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram allow us to share images of our tattoos with an immediacy that could not be imagined even 50 years ago. Without the veneer of exoticism, we can now appreciate tattoos as the fine art they are.

The SBMA wants to see your tattoos! Share images of any that have special meaning for you, and be a part of Beyond Ink!

Be part of the exhibition!

Submit your images through Instagram! | Deadline is June 15, 11:59 p.m.

25 images will be selected to be a part of The Side Show, a photography exhibition within Beyond Ink: Recent Artwork by South Bend and Regional Tattoo Artists.

The Details

  • Follow @SouthBendArt on Instagram
  • Share your image with the hashtag #TheSBMA and #SBMAtattoo.
  • Submit your images by June 15, 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • All images should be square formatted.
  • Include some basic information when you share. This will be included in the wall label next to your print:
    • A sentence or two about what your tattoo(s) mean to you.
    • If you worked with an artist you want to give a shout-out to, share their name and Instagram handle.
    • Include the name of the photographer if you didn’t take the picture yourself.
  • Images will be juried by SBMA staff. 
  • Images will be selected based on the quality and composition of the photos, as well as the tattoo and information you choose to share about it.
  • Selected artists will be contacted by July 2 with requests for high resolution files for printing purposes. 
  • Final prints will be 8×8 inches.
  • If selected, your work will be on display in the SBMA’s Warner Gallery within the Beyond Ink exhibition.
  • There is no fee to submit images.
  • There are no restrictions but images must be your own and must be suitable for an all-ages audience.
  • You can keep your print at the end of the exhibition.
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Saint Joe Valley Watercolor Society: Juried Members Exhibition

September 1 – November 11, 2018
Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery

Reception: TBD

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SBMA First Friday Artist Reception:
Voyage:The Art of Alan Larkin

Friday May 4, 2018 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Exhibition Reception
Voyage: The Art of Alan Larkin
Art League Gallery

Alan Larkin conceives and constructs magical worlds. Not quite in the Academic tradition, nor fitting neatly into Realist, Magic Realist, Romantic or Pre-Raphaelite conventions, Larkin’s work blends qualities from all these genres. His paintings, drawings and prints embrace the dramatic spotlighting techniques of Dutch 17th Century painters; capture the mystery of the Magic Realists; and evoke the romance of the Pre-Raphaelites. In Larkin’s still life work, a menagerie of characters, large and small, converge to tell a story, incite emotion, and bewitch the viewer. Walk into Alan’s studio and meet the extensive cast of small beings he has amassed to work with him, drawing forth the feelings, telling the tales, and setting the stages he envisions. Like the director of a movie, Larkin weaves an intricate plot: a head turn here, a shadow there, figures receding and advancing – playing their parts amidst a glory of color and light.

Read more…


Continuing exhibitions:

Duffy and Souther exhibition-image
Katie Duffy and Eric Souther: Agentive Valley
Warner Gallery
Through June 24, 2018

Read more…


2017 College Residency Exhibition
Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Through May 6, 2018

Read more…


Katie Torn Breathe Deep
Diffractions of Post-Humans
Project Room
Through July 1, 2018

Read more…


June 17, 2017 – May 19, 2019
Read more…


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Accommodations generously provided by:


(top) Alan Larkin, Voyage, oil on linen, 30″ x 40″

(left) Katie Duffy, Hard C, Custom code, PLA, power strip, USB cable, LEDs, dimensions variable
(right) Eric Souther, still image from Search Engine Vision “ISIS”, single channel video, 2016, 6min 31sec, 1920 x 1080 HD

(left) Kolton Sizer, Oracle, 2017, Monotype, 22 x 28″ (detail)
(middle) Andrea Herrick, Summer Song, 2016, Silkscreen on handmade abaca paper, 6-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ (detail)
(right) Katherine Elliott, History Repeated: The Armenian Genocide and Yazidi Genocides, 2017, Oil on canvas, 48 x 108″ (detail)

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An Ekphrastic Event for Sharing the Muse

An Evening of Poetry

Friday, April 27 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Carmichael Gallery | Admission FREE

The term ekphrastic means, essentially, “beautiful words for beautiful art.” Think of the popular song about “Mona Lisa” as an example. The idea for this event was developed by members the South Bend Museum of Art board of directors as a way to include writers more directly in the community of art makers here in South Bend and at the SBMA. Individuals were invited to find a muse among the art in the gallery that inspired a personal poetic vision of its meaning.

We all are poets at heart. We use language daily to tell stories and refer to poetry for many of the most important moments in our lives. So, the use of poetic language is the artistic craft with which we are very familiar. Writing about our individual experiences requires our finding our own voice since no one with a degree in creative writing can follow us around to interpret our impressions effectively for us. This being the case, we hope to encourage the creative self into being for some who are not often called to do so. You will then find some of our writers are scholarly and others are finding a writer’s voice anew. All have focused on this experience of interacting with art in the SBMA’s permanent collection and responding with expressive writing…some experienced writers are doing this for the first time.

We believe you will be impressed with their resulting works, and hope that having these poetic interpretations available as you view works in the gallery will deepen your exploration into the meaning of the art on display.

We aspire to continue the event and possibly expand opportunities for artists and writers to develop creative writing skills.


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Teen Summer Art Camps

We are so excited to offer these education camps for teens to experience some of our unique studio spaces, meet great instructors and explore different media!!!

Check back in April for descriptions for all our youth camps.  Camp dates for all ages are June 11-15, June 18-22, July 16-20, July 23-27.  See link below for Frequently Asked Questions. 

Encaustics: The Art of Beeswax June 11-15
Instructor:  Diane Reader Dorn

Diane Reader Dorn has been an instructor at the museum since 2015 but is far from new to the art community. Painting a raw surface of birchwood from a palette of molten beeswax captivates her and she is excited to share her enthusiasm for the ancient art of encaustic painting with you!! Join her this summer to explore this fascinating medium. 

See her full biography here.

Or visit Diane Reader Dorn ART 

Sign up Today!!  The Art of Beeswax Camp



Metalcraft: Small Metals:  June 11-15 & June 18-22
Instructor:  Brian “Huts” Hutsebout

Brian “Huts” Hutsebout joins us this summer in our jewelry/metal studio. Huts works with metal, wood, and found objects in his sculptural pieces and brings that creative inspiration into the classroom. He has over 10 years of experience in youth and adult education and completed his M.F.A in Applied Craft and Design from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014.

Learn more about Huts at www.hutsebout.com

Sign up Today!!

June 11-15, Metalcraft: Small Metals Camp

June 18-22, Metalcraft: Small Metals Camp




Ceramics:  June 11-15 & June 18-22

Instructor:  Megan Archer

Megan Archer is a native of South Bend. She has been teaching ceramics at the museum since 2014 and is also the Kiln Technician. She has her art degree from Saint Mary’s College with a concentration in sculpture and ceramics. Megan says, “teaching others and helping them discover a love of learning and working with their hands has also been a passion of mine for a long time.” 

Join her this summer to advance your love of ceramics or begin a new journey of learning!

 See more of Megan’s work at Megan Archer Arts.

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June 11-15, Teen Ceramics Camp

June 18-22, Teen Ceramics Camp



Film Throwback:  Dark Room Photography:  June 11-15
Instructor:  Krista Kuskye

Krista Kuskye has spent the past 11 years dedicated to photography. She earned her B.F.A. from Indiana University South Bend in 2011. Kuskye has exhibited her fine art work locally and overseas as well as having numerous photographs in personal collections.  An adult dark room student says, “Krista is a wonderful, nurturing,and dedicated teacher. She cares about each student and makes you feel your mistakes are actually wonderful  accomplishments.”

Learn more about Krista at Kristakuskyephotography

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Film Throwback:  Dark Room Photography Camp


Weaving/Fibers:  June 11-15

Instructor:  Kristen Elkington

Kristen Elkington has worked with fiber since 1997. Kristen brings her experience to the museum from being a student of weaving for several years.  She also teaches classes on knitting, weaving, and spinning. Kristen is currently working on starting a new career as a math teacher.  But her passion and joy for weaving remain infectious!

See one of her piece’s from the Student/Faculty Exhibition here.

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Weaving Camp 




Printmaking:  June 18-22
Instructor:  Lisa Helmholdt

Lisa Helmholdt has loved making art since her finger painting days. She earned her art degree from Saint Mary’s College. 

Lisa spent 7 years teaching art at Goshen High School in a variety of media and has taught summer classes at the South Bend Museum of Art for the past 4 years. Printmaking was one of her specialties at Goshen and she is very excited to share this summer with you!

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Printmaking Camp












1440 Press will join Lisa Helmholdt  to share with you the art of printmaking through their business. Learn more about their business at 1440press.  

Surreal Dreamscapes: Mixed Media:  June 18-22
Instructor:  Aubrey Hittle

Aubrey Hittle has won our Festival of Banners juried program for the past three years in the adult category. Aubrey comes from an artistic family of musicians, photographers, painters and wood workers. This has cultivated her love and talent for art.  

She currently teaches at the museum in our youth department offering our Mixed Media and Making Masters class.

Follow her at AndAubreyWasStudio.

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Surreal Dreamscapes:  Mixed Media Camp 



 For more information about summer art camps, click here.

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2017 SBMA Student/Faculty Exhibition

December 1, 2017 – January 7, 2018 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: Friday, December 1, 2017 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Featuring artwork created by SBMA students and faculty from the past year, the annual Student/Faculty exhibition showcases the variety of class offerings at the museum and highlights the talents of its wonderful community.

Any faculty or student of museum classes from December 1, 2016 – December 1, 2017 is eligible.  Participants may submit one (1) work not previously shown at the museum.  All submitted work will be exhibited.  All media will be accepted.

Download a prospectus with full details here.

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American Series: The Funnies
Vintage Comics 1940s – 1960s

November 4 – December 31, 2017
Warner Gallery

Reception: Friday, November 3 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

With presentation from John Porcellino at 6:15 p.m.

Original comic strips by artists Milton Caniff, Charles Schulz, Chester Gould, Mort Walker, Lee Falk, and Chic Young take center stage in this memorable exhibition of more than 90 works.  The comics will transport visitors back to an age when a variety of strips — action, drama, westerns, historical and humorous — captured a nation’s imagination in the newspapers of the day.

The exhibition features classic strips including Archie, Blondie, Beetle Bailey, Ferd’nand, Nancy, Peanuts, Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, and Yogi Bear. Action packed comic strips like, Dick Tracy, Mandrake the Magician, Tarzan, Lone Ranger, The Phantom, Dr. Kildare, Brenda Star, Steve Canyon, and Terry and the Pirates, among others, will also be on view. Holdings are particularly strong in works by Caniff, who was the most decorated American cartoonist of all time, known as the “Rembrandt of cartoons,” and creator of the masterful series Terry and the Pirates (1930s through 1940s) and Steve Canyon (1940s through 1950s), among others. Both daily and Sunday strips will be featured in the exhibition which also explores the creative process, production, and medium of comics.

A companion exhibition in the SBMA’s Art League Gallery, The Best American Comics | Selections: 2014-2017, will include original works that represent a snapshot of the contemporary comics scene, featuring a dizzying array of visual, narrative, and thematic approaches. This exhibit will showcase comics selected to appear in the past several volumes of The Best American Comics annual series, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and is curated by Bill Kartalopoulos (Series Editor, The Best American Comics).

An additional exhibition, organized by Goerge Garner, will be on view at Indiana University South Bend’s Civil Rights Heritage Center: Political Cartoons of The Reformer. The Reformer was a South Bend-based African American led newspaper that was published from 1968-1971.

The SBMA thanks all of its local partners that helped to make these exhibitions possible: The Civil Rights Heritage Center, Larry Clifford, The History Museum, St. Joseph County Public Library, and the South Bend Tribune.


Join us for these exciting events related to the exhibitions!

Comic Workshop with Gene Ha
Wednesday, November 1 | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Eisner Award winner Gene Ha will lead a hands-on comic strip workshop for novice artists ages 10 and up. Supplies will be provided. This event will be held at the St Joseph County Public Library, Main Branch location. Limited seats are available; registration required at sjcpl.org or 574.282.4646

Opening Reception
Friday, November 3 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Warner Gallery  Free admission
Contemporary cartoonist, John Porcellino, will speak beginning at 6:15 p.m. about the work in The Funnies and The Best American Comics, in which his work is featured.

Workshop | People’s Press
Saturday, November 11 Ages 16 and up
Artist and Professor of Art at IUSB, John Thompson, will hold a workshop to show you techniques used in creating, printing, and even distributing your own work, professionally and inexpensively. Participants will not only learn about self-publishing but utilize their own stories, ideas and artwork to create their own print-on-demand ‘zine’.

Family Day: Comics and Mini Zines!
Sunday, November 12 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
SBMA Warner Gallery | Free admission
Make mini-zines, single-frame magnet comics, and explore The Funnies in the galleries as a family!

Museum After Dark: Snowflakes & Rainbows!
Friday, December 8 | 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Carmichael Gallery
The SBMA welcomes everyone to this inclusive, social, event! Peruse the galleries and enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and Jazzy melodies from the LowLifes. Proceeds benefit the SBMA and TREES Inc.

Lecture | Comic Nurse
Sunday, December 10 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MK Czerwiec, a co-founder of the new field, Graphic Medicine, will discuss how comics are being used by patients and providers to improve communication, bridge gaps, dispel stigma, and create community.

The American Series: The Funnies is made possible with Support from:

The Community Foundation, Arts Everywhere Initiative
Jack and Yumiko Champaigne
The Robert C. Shields Memorial Fund
Teachers Credit Union



Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, Arts Everywhere Initiative
Jack & Yumiko Champaigne


The Robert C. Shields Memorial Fund
Teachers Credit Union


Janette Burkhart-Miller
Crowe Horwath
Lynda B. and Charles S. Simon


Lynn Blue


Tom & Jan Brunner
Anne Feferman
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Keller
Ohmer & Donald Crafton
Susan Shields
Richard & Joyce Stifel


David Wemhoff
Patrick & Sharon McManus
Carol Ann Nash
Mr. & Mrs. William Cushwa
Joe Griesinger
Jack Reed
Morton & Judy Ziker


Faith Beaupre
Kari Black
William & Nancy Racine
Jerrianne Rain
Dayle Brown & David Piser
Claudia A. Maslowski
Judith Chase

Image credits:

Credit from upper left:

Artist: Gene Hazelton (American, 1919 – 2005), Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Yogi Bear: Jr. Trail Blazers (detail), 1964, ink on paper, Gift, McNaught Syndicate, Inc. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Writer: Stan Lee (American, b. 1922), Artist: Jack Keller (American, 1922 – 2003), Kid Colt Outlaw (1949 series) #110, 5, The Outlaw and the Sheriff (detail), 1963, ink on paper, Gift, Marvel Comics Group. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Writer: Stan Lee (American, b. 1922), Artist: Jack Keller (American, 1922 – 2003), Kid Colt Outlaw (1949 series) #110, 3, The Outlaw and the Sheriff (detail), 1963, ink on paper, Gift, Marvel Comics Group. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Creator: Milton Arthur Paul Caniff (American, 1907 – 1988), Steve Canyon Sunday Edition (detail), 4/10/1960, ink on paper, Gift of the artist. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Creator/Artist/Writer: Mort Walker (American, b. 1923), Beetle Bailey (detail), 12/16/1964, ink on paper, Gift, King Features Syndicate, Inc. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Creator: Milton Arthur Paul Caniff (American, 1907 – 1988), Steve Canyon Sunday Edition Dyer Air Force Base, First Missile Division, Strategic Air Command (detail), ink on paper, Gift of the artist. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Creator/Artist/Writer: Dalia “Dale” Messick (American, 1906 – 2005), Brenda Starr, Reporter (detail), 1/3/1956, ink on paper, Gift, Chicago Tribune – New York News Syndicate, Inc. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Artists: Gene Hazelton (American, 1919 – 2005) and Roger Armstrong (American, 1917 – 2007), Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., The Flintstones (detail), 11/4/1964, ink on paper, Gift, McNaught Syndicate Inc. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Creator: John Hix (American, 1907 – 1944), Strange As It Seems (detail), 3/7/1965, ink on paper, Gift, United Feature Syndicate, Inc. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Homepage Image Credits:

Artists: Gene Hazelton (American, 1919 – 2005) and Roger Armstrong (American, 1917- 2007), Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., The Flintstones (detail), 11/4/1964, ink on paper, Gift, McNaught Syndicate Inc. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Artist: Harold Gray (American, 1894 – 1968), Little Orphan Annie (detail), 8/10/1964, ink on paper, Gift, King Features Syndicate, Inc. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Artist: Gene Hazelton (American, 1919 – 2005), Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Yogi Bear: Jr. Trail Blazers (detail), 1964, ink on paper, Gift, McNaught Syndicate, Inc. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

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