USAO’ to feature The Jerry Bennett Show in Nesbitt Gallery starting June 11

Exhibition from comic artist and illustrator will remain on display until July 15
Exhibition from comic artist and illustrator will remain on display until July 15

The University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma’s Nesbitt Gallery will feature an exhibition from alumnus and full-time comic book artist and illustrator Jerry Bennett entitled “The Jerry Bennett Show.”

An opening reception will be held in the gallery, located in Davis Hall, June 11 at 7 p.m. that will include a silent auction for an original illustration on birch board. The exhibit will remain on display until July 15.

“I have been a fan of Jerry’s illustrations for a long time, so this is a very exciting exhibit for the Nesbitt Gallery,” said Layne Thrift, associate professor of art and gallery director. “Jerry was the Paseo Arts District’s resident artist at the Skirvin-Hilton in downtown Oklahoma City before he accepted a similar position at his alma mater for 2021-22, so this is also a wonderful chance for students who took his classes in graphic design, comic art and illustration to see a full show of their mentor’s work.”

Since earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from USAO in 1993, Bennett has amassed an impressive array of credentials as a working artist, having created work for Stan Lee, Marvel Studios, Oklahoma Today, The Oklahoma Gazette and illustrating the original comic series “Glamorella’s Daughter” with co-creator Charles J. Martin. Bennett also serves as illustrator coordinator for the Oklahoma/Arkansas region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

For more information, contact Thrift at 405-574-1374 or  

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