Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) and Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) are pleased to announce Laura Park as the winner of the annual Columbus Comics Residency. Each year, a committee of local comic critics, curators, and creators seek graphic artists from outside Columbus who demonstrate an experimental approach to creating comics and graphic novels. The three-week residency, formerly called the Graphic Novelist Residency, is designed to provide the winner with an opportunity to develop a work-in-progress and to exhibit their work at CMA.
Laura Park is a Chicago- and Paris-based artist whose work has appeared in The Believer, Best American Comics, and the renowned Fantagraphics anthology series MOME. She also illustrated the I, FUNNY series of books for young readers and contributed storyboards and character designs to the Cartoon Network series Over the Garden Wall. Currently she is working on a collection of her comics with publisher Drawn and Quarterly.
Park’s residency includes collaborations with Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC), CMA, and CCAD. Park will serve as Special Guest of CXC, which will be held September 28 to October 1, 2017. CXC is a multi-faceted, yearly festival celebrating comics and cartooning, the city of Columbus, and cartoonists worldwide. An exhibition of her work will be on view September 28, 2017 through February 11, 2018 at CMA, where she will also participate in a live, public interview. In addition, Park will stay in the visiting artist residence on the CCAD campus from September 23 through October 14, 2017. During her stay, Park will be interacting with students at CCAD, which is launching a new Comics & Narrative Practice program this fall.
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