State of the Art: Illustration 100 Years After Howard Pyle

February 9, 2013 - June 2, 2013

In the century following Pyle’s 1911 death, American illustration has diversified into a creative empire that includes a wide range of exciting art forms. From animated feature movies and computer images to graphic novels and conceptual art, America’s storytelling artists use the latest technologies and the newest media to tell an ever-richer blend of stories to ever-broader audiences.

For this exciting contemporary exhibition, Guest Curator David Apatoff, illustration scholar and author of biographies on Robert Fawcett and Albert Dorne, highlights the following eight artists: story illustrator Bernie Fuchs; graphic designer Milton Glaser; MADcaricaturist and comic artist Mort Drucker; The New Yorker cover artist and character designer for animated films, Peter de Sève; editorial artist John Cuneo; painter and book artist Phil Hale; painter and magazine illustrator Sterling Hundley; and Pixar production designer Ralph Eggleston.

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Clockwise from top-left:

Who Died and Made You Boss?, August 2007
John Cuneo (born 1957)
3 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches, Ink and watercolor on paper
Collection of the artist, Copyright © 2004-2012, John Cuneo
All Rights Reserved.

Suicide, illustration for ‘A Twilight’s Last Gleaming’ by Frank Deford in Sports Illustrated, November 19, 1984
Bernard Fuchs (1932-2009)
Oil on canvas, 22 3/4 x 32 inches
Private Collection

Secession, 2001 Cover for Goad, The Many Moods of Phil Hale (New Hampshire: Donald M. Grant, 2001)
Phil Hale (born 1963)
Oil on linen, 50 x 62 inches
Collection of Robert K. Wiener, © Phil Hale 2012

Tailed, cover for The New Yorker, January 24, 1994
Peter de Sève (born 1958)
Watercolor, colored pencil and ink on paper, 15 x 10 inches
Lent by the artist


catalog_cover Browse the online catalog to learn more about the artists featured in State of the Art: Illustration 100 Years After Howard Pyle. You can order the print catalog online through the link below and copies are also available in the Museum Store.

View catalog as a FLIPBOOK online.



1_their_happiness_fuchs Bernie Fuchs began his career creating highly realistic paintings for automobile advertisements. By the 1960s, he was at the forefront of a wave of innovative illustrators whose impressionistic works redefined the field. Before his death in 2009, Fuchs enjoyed a long and distinguished career and became well-known around the world for his sense of color and design.
4_the_atlantic_cover_glaser Milton Glaser is among the world’s most celebrated graphic and architectural designers, recognized for the diverse richness of his inventive work. His achievements range from the iconic “I love New York” logo to complete graphic and decorative programs for public spaces. He has been the subject of one-man shows at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
10_put_on_drucker Mort Drucker is one of MAD’s most famous artists. An influential caricaturist, he is internationally renowned for his pen and ink work and his TIME covers are in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
13_nostromo_hale Phil Hale pushes the boundaries between fine art and illustration, consistently making powerful compositions and combining traditional realism with moody, complex, and evocative themes.  Although highly regarded for his covers for books by Joseph Conrad and Steven King, Hale is recognized internationally for his work in the field of fine art.
8_vertical_hold_hundley Sterling Hundley seamlessly combines traditional artistic media with digital tools. His work has appeared inRolling Stone, Vibe, and The New York Times. Hundley has won gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York and the Illustrators Club in Washington, D.C. An influential teacher and mentor, he is an instructor at The Illustration Academy and a Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University.
6_philip_larkin_bob_dylan_cuneo John Cuneo’s powerful drawings have appeared in many major publications, including The New Yorker, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and The Atlantic. He is highly regarded for the humor in his work and has been awarded several medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York.
12_scrat_ice_age_de_seve Peter De Sève began as an editorial illustrator in the 1980s and is well known for his covers for The New Yorker, along with his illustrations for TIME and Newsweek. He has also created character designs for animated films produced by Disney, DreamWorks Studios, Pixar, and Twentieth Century Fox, includingMulan, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., and Ice Age.
16_pixar_nemo_pastel_eggleston Ralph Eggleston was the Art Director at Pixar for Toy Story, the first full-length computer-animated film, as well as for The Incredibles. He was also the Production Designer for films such as Finding Nemo andWALL·E. His work has been recognized for its color and composition, as well as its sense of fantasy.


This exhibition was organized by the Delaware Art Museum.Additional support is provided by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.Click here for a PDF of the Press Release. del_div_arts_logo

Images in About the Artists section, top to bottom: Their happiness was all mixed up with being young, 1959, for “A Small Miracle,” by Mary Augusta Rodgers, in McCall’s, June 1959. Bernard Fuchs (1932 – 2009). Gouache on illustration board, 17 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches. Collection of Anna Lee Fuchs. | Untitled, second study for cover of The Atlantic, not dated. Milton Glaser (born 1929). Colored inks on cardboard, 12 1/2 x 10 inches. Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives, School of Visual Arts. |Put*on, for MAD, January 1971. Mort Drucker (born 1929). Ink on illustration board, 25 1/2 x 20 inches. Private Collection, © Mort Drucker. | Nostromo, 2007, cover forNostromo, by Joseph Conrad (London: Penguin Classics, 2007). Phil Hale (born 1963). Oil on linen, 33 x 33 inches. Private Collection, © Phil Hale 2012. | Vertical Hold,2009, for the Illustration Academy. Sterling Hundley (born 1976). Acrylic, gouache, and watercolor on illustration board, 20 x 12 15/16 inches. Private Collection. | Philip Larkin and Bob Dylan go antiquing, 2011. John Cuneo (born 1957). Pen, ink, and watercolor on paper, 8 1/2 x 7 inches. Collection of the artist, © 2004–2012, John Cuneo. All Rights Reserved. | Scrat, character study for Ice Age figure (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, 2009). Peter de Sève (born 1958). Wax pastel crayon on polyester film, 15 x 11 1/2 inches. TM & © 2012, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. | School, sequence pastel for Finding Nemo (Pixar Animation Studios, 2003). Ralph Eggleston (born 1965). Pastel on paper, 6 x 8 inches. Artwork provided by Pixar Animation Studio.