Clifford Berryman Political Art at TAMUK

Clifford Berryman Political Art at TAMUK

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Just in time for the 2012 presidential elections, the John E. Conner museum at Texas A&M University – Kingsville (TAMUK) is showing the Clifford Berryman, Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns and the Cartoon.

Running for Office exhibits 44 prints out of the 2400 hitherto unseen illustrations in the possession of Florence Berryman Seville, Berryman’s daughter. Not until Seville’s death in the early 1900s were the illustrations found hidden away within her home. They were purchased by the Charles Engelhard Foundation, and later donated to the U.S senate to be stored in the National Archives.

The organization created the Running for Office exhibit with support of the Foundation for the National Archives. The Conner museum was able to acquire the exhibition to display the endearing details of pen and ink of Berryman’s historical illustrations which focused on decades of past political issues to presidential elections.

“The upcoming elections and the exhibit really come hand in hand, the cartooning brings about the humor that is being overshadowed by the contention of the presidency candidates,” said Jonathan Plant, museum curator and Intern director. “Berryman was never offensive or exaggerative as a cartoonist, he was realistic he had a good grasp on issues that he conveyed for people and politicians to understand.”

Born in Kentucky, Clifford Kennedy Berryman began his career at the age of seventeen as an illustrator in the U.S patent office in 1866 to be later discovered  for his insightful and humorous cartoons to move on to working for the Washington post and Washington Evening Star. Clifford has illustrated political figures from campaigns, to Society struggles from the presidential rains of Grover Cleveland to Harry S. Truman.

“A picture can say thousand words” said Floyd W. Holder, political science lecturer at TAMUK. “Berryman’s tongue-in-cheek  cartoons  were influential his images of instead of  just  words of what was happening in politics go through  to peoples mentality.”

“Berryman’s exhibit is a refine way of incorporating the exhibit into the curriculum at TAMUK and society,” said Holder. “The problems of that era can still be found in our political times.”

The Running for Office art exhibit will be displayed until Nov. 30 at the John E. Conner museum at TAMUK.

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