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IT’S ALIVE!!! Illustrated Monsters by Monster Illustrators

Illustrated Monsters by Monster Illustrators is on view in the Lewis Gallery October 1 through December 24, 2021.

The Lewis Gallery will be open from 5–8 on November 5 for First Friday Art Walk.


In creating a monster, a dictionary is of no use.

The definition of “enormous and frightening imaginary creatures” is a wholly inadequate description of our relationship with these beings. Monsters are strangely comfortable in our lives and are culturally more nuanced and confusing to us than ever. They can be horrifying, cute, malicious, dim, powerful and pathetic.

Perhaps the disturbing aspect of monsters is that they remain a foil to our humane characteristics. Monsters in all forms help us understand the things that can happen if our better nature runs astray, help us face our fears, laugh in the face of absudity and embrace otherness with empathy.

Illustrated Monsters by Monster Illustrators provides a unique opportunity to explore a universal subject that spans cultures and informs storytelling on many levels. Each illustrator in the show has a wealth of artistic expertise, inspiration and stories to share with you.

This show is curated by Illustration Institute. Thank you to The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation and The Onion Foundation for their kind support.