Artist's StatementJoe Young uses his pen to inspire and encourage others - embracing the lives and outlooks of inner-city youth and the community-at-large. As a cartoonist and community activist, Young first introduced the comic strip Scruples in 1988, featuring childlike characters with billiard-ball-size eyes who reflect upon thought provoking messages on current topics such as: AIDS, drugs, teen pregnancy, prejudice and violence.
Mr. Young received the prestigious Daily Point of Light Award in 1999 from the White House for volunteering his time in bringing the Arts to disadvantaged children. He and his work has appeared in People, Ebony, GQ and Jet magazines, the Boston Globe, New York Times, C-Span, US Weekend, CNN and other national media outlets.
Featured pieces in this show include a section of the "The World's Longest Comic Strip," created in 1997 and recognized by Guinness World Records. The entire piece was 6 feet high by 100 yards long and featured contributions from celebrity artists such as CBS Morning Show anchor Gayle King and NBA basketball star Ray Allen.
Also featured is the Scruples Apartheid Comic Strip, which was awarded first place in the CRT's National Arts Program in the 1990's and later commissioned by the Desmond Tutu Refugee Fund to help raise money for South African refugees.
Please join us on Thursday, July 17, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. to celebrate this new exhibition in the ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library, located in the heart of the city at 500 Main Street.
About the ArtWalk
ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library offers one of the largest and most stunning exhibition spaces in greater Hartford and the opportunity for visitors to view art in a magnificent setting in their own community. The state-of-the art gallery rises above Main Street along a glass wall that floods the space with ambient light during the day and appears to glow as a jewel box at night. Exhibitions offer an array of art experiences that reflect a variety of media, styles, and cultures in the art world, providing diverse viewing experiences, and allowing for many tastes. Because of the unusual cable system in place, one of the most unique aspects of the ArtWalk is that any wall and lighting configuration or arrangement can change with the nature of every new exhibition. The ArtWalk is made possible through the generosity of donors, especially the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.