MICA Faculty Explores Illustration’s Impact on Historic Perceptions of Race

Robyn Phillips-Pendleton, MICA faculty and interim director of the MFA in Illustration Practice, is co-curator of Imprinted: Illustrating Race at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, on show through October 30, 2022. The practice of illustration is rooted in storytelling, and it is used to convey ideas that emotionally engage the viewer; and through 300 plus artworks and objects from the late eighteenth century to the present, the exhibition takes a laser-sharp look at illustration’s impact on public perception of race in the US throughout its history — from how it shaped attitudes that allowed slavery and post-Civil War Jim Crow laws to exist, to its contributions to the Harlem Renaissance and Civil Rights Movements of the 1960s and today.