RALEIGH, N.C. (May 25, 2017) – The City of Raleigh Museum announced today that its retrospective of the nationally syndicated work of political cartoonist and area resident Dwane Powell will open to the public Sunday, June 4. Titled “You really stuck it to me today”: The Political Cartoons of Dwane Powell,” the free exhibit will feature more than 40 cartoons from Powell’s childhood to the present, as well as sketchbooks and artifacts of the cartoonist’s trade. “You really stuck it to me today” will be on display through 2019.
Powell has inked over 15,000 cartoons during his four decade-long career that have caricatured presidents, politicians, and North Carolina notables. Powell began cartooning for The News & Observer newspaper in 1975, where he remained until his official retirement in 2009. He continues to ink images for the newspaper’s Sunday edition. His provocative drawings about topics such as gun control and HB2 never fail to tickle funny bones or raise hackles, and are always successful in inspiring audiences to engage in current events conversations.
Powell’s work is an encapsulation of social history of the past forty plus years. It reflects his views on complicated issues molded into satirical and comical images that poke fun at both Republicans and Democrats alike. The museum exhibit’s title appropriately stems from a quote made by North Carolina’s iconic senator, Jesse Helms, who after viewing a cartoon, called up Powell and exclaimed, “You really stuck it to me today” – but still asked to display the artwork.
Growing up on a farm in rural Arkansas, Powell studied agri-business at the University of Arkansas-Monticello but loved doodling and was drawn to the cartoons he saw in Collier’s, The Saturday Evening Post and MAD Magazine. It was only by luck that his hometown paper offered him $5 a cartoon, launching his life-long passion. Powell went on to win industry recognition including the Overseas Press Club Award for Excellence in Cartooning and the National Headliners Club Award for Outstanding Editorial Cartoons. He has published three collections of his cartoons.
“Dwane Powell is a legend among American editorial cartoonists with his innate ability to chronicle the life and times of our country in a single frame,” said Ernest Dollar, director of the City of Raleigh Museum. “It is truly an honor for the museum to highlight the amazing work of one of Raleigh’s own.”