Illustrator Brad Holland to Speak at Montgomery College Art Opening Nov. 3
Washington, DC, Oct. 20, 2011 – Internationally acclaimed illustrator and artists' rights advocate
Brad Holland will present a slide lecture of his work on November 3 entitled "Confessions of a Short
Order Artist," followed by a Q & A on important copyright issues affecting visual artists.
The program follows the opening reception for "Off the Page – On the Wall," an exhibit of recent
artwork by area illustrators, sponsored by the Illustrators Club of Washington DC, Maryland and
Virginia, at the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, 930 King Street, Silver Spring,
The reception takes place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and the lecture from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. Both events
are open to the public: the reception is free, while general admission for the lecture is $15.
Brad Holland is one of the most influential illustrators of the 20th Century.The New York Times, in
nominating him for a Pulitzer Prize, wrote that his work goes "beyond the moment to illuminate a
general condition universal in space and time. The images are sometimes brutal, but the feeling is
almost always compassionate." The Washington Post has called him "an undisputed star of American
Illustration," and the editors of RSVP, the artists' directory, voted him "the one artist, who in our
opinion, has had the single greatest impact on the illustration field during the last twenty five years."
Writing in Print magazine, critic Steven Heller concluded, "as [Jackson] Pollock redefined plastic art,
Holland has radically changed the perception of illustration."
In recent years, Brad Holland has emerged as the seminal voice illuminating the complex and shifting
business landscape for illustrators and their diminishing control over their copyrights and businesses.
He is one of the founders of the Illustrators' Partnership of America (IPA), the first organization in
the history of American visual authorship to seek to implement a rational collective rights clearance
administration for illustrators' copyrights. (More at http://www.asip-repro.org/holland_bio.html )
The Illustrators Club of DC, MD & VA is a non-profit, all-volunteer trade association founded in
1986, dedicated to promoting the art and industry of illustration and ensuring fair business practices.
Its 100+ members include professional illustrators, graphic designers, educators, students, vendors
and related businesses. (More at http://www.illustratorsclub.org )