David Gothard Speaking on The Art of Bridging the Deep Divide

The Faculty Invitational Lecture Series Committee is pleased to announce that David Gothard will speak on Tuesday, February 21 as part of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Faculty Invitational Lecture Series. Gothard is a visiting assistant professor at the Pratt Institute in New York City.  He spent most of his career as a freelance illustrator, creating illustrations which appeared on the editorial pages of major U.S. newspapers. 

During the early part of his career, he was an artist for Jim Henson's Children's Television Workshop where he drew the Muppets, helping generations of children learn the building blocks of reading, writing and mathematics.
Speaker:  Professor David Gothard
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: 12:15  to 1:15 p.m.
Room: 302

TITLE AND ABSTRACT OF THE PRESENTATION:  “The Art of Bridging the Deep Divide”

David Gothard has spent nearly four decades chronicling world events for newspapers and magazines as an editorial illustrator. He will present an overview and chronology, beginning with the large volume of work he produced for The New York Times as a regular contributor. This is where he found his niche in the art world as a concept illustrator, creating strong images under tight deadlines. He will highlight his range of work for both liberal publications like The Progressive, Mother Jones and The Baffler, and conservative forums such as The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard and Barron’s. His talk will focus on both his process from deciphering text and generating ideas to sketches and final art. He will also illuminate his ultimate objective, which is to create visceral imagery that looks beyond the narrow viewpoint of the opinion to find the humanity in the subject. In an era of deep divide, his images use humor and pathos to find the commonality in even the most polarizing social and political issues.

Gothard has been illustrating editorial, advertising and book assignments since graduating from Pratt Institute, where he now teaches drawing classes. He began his career drawing Muppets for Children's Television Workshop.  His work has appeared regularly in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Time and other publications.  He is now collaborating with his wife, Julie Saab, on a series of children's books for Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. A native New Yorker, Gotchard lives and draws from Eastern Pennsylvania.