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10:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013
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On Saturday, February 16th, the Toonseum presents Drawn to Peace: The Art of Atila Ozer. The exhibit displays Turkish cartoonist Atila Ozer's impressive collection of peace themed cartoons.
The late Atila Ozer was a top international cartoonist who spent his life creating intriguing, meaningful cartoon art, while also educating others on the craft. Ozer’s illustrations commented on world peace through the symbolic iconography of cartoons and depicted the medium’s powerful language. His research, presentations, and articles emphasized cartoon art’s place in international culture as a means of communication. As a member of the Turkish Cartoonists Association (FECO) since 1975, Ozer certainly helped put Turkey on the map as a force in the cartoon art community.
Born in 1949 in Burdur, Turkey, Ozer initially set out to pursue a career in engineering. In 1973, he received a diploma from the State Engineering and Architecture Academy and worked as a construction engineer for seven years. He relocated to Eskisehir in 1975 and began his studies of cartoon art at Anadolu University Social Sciences Institute, earning his master’s degree in Communication Arts in 1985. Ozer then studied graphic arts at Marmara University Social Sciences Institute, earning his PhD in 1986.
In the years following Ozer’s immersion into the study of cartoon art, Ozer published editorial cartoons in newspapers and magazines in Turkey, as well as Germany and Austria. His first publication came in 1973 in the pages of “Bonbon,” a humor magazine in Turkey. He also published several books of his cartoons, including “Karikature Selam” and “Karikatur Muzeleri.” Despite the simplicity of his illustrations, Ozer’s cartoons presented deep, thought-provoking messages.
Ozer also strived to enhance the presence of cartoon art at his alma mater. In 1983, he pioneered the Anadolu University Cartoon Club. He instructed the first cartoon lecture at Anadolu in 1984, and in 2002, he established the Anadolu University Cartoon Art Research Center. Ozer organized the first Cartoon Museum Directors Meeting in Eskisehir in 2009, creating the World Cartoon Museums Union. Ozer managed to make great strides in Turkey’s cartooning world, all while making cartoons of his own.
Ozer's legacy lives on through his illustrations as well as his immense contributions to art education.
The Art of Atila Ozer will open February 11th with a reception featuring Deniz Cil on the 16th. Cil is managing editor of the Journal of Conflict Resolution and the niece of Atila Ozer.
The exhibition which runs through April, is supported in part by The American Middle East Institute.
The American Middle East Institute is an independent, non-profit organization headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that is focused on building business, educational and cultural ties between the United States and the countries of the Middle East. We believe these kinds of connections represent a powerful form of diplomacy and bridge-building. For more information, visit www.AmericanMEI.org.
The exhibit will run thru March 8th, 2013. Admission is $5.00 for adults; $1.00 for children 11-6; Free for children under 6. $5.00 for adults; $1.00 for children 6-11. Free under 5 years of age.