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New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: Featuring Eleanor Davis

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium (Room N101), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center 66 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003

Eleanor Davis - Why Art?

It’s widely accepted that art serves an important function in society. But the concept falls under such an absurdly large umbrella and can manifest in so many different ways. Art can be self indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil, or expressive, or any number of other things. But how can it truly make lasting, positive change?

In Why Art?, acclaimed graphic novelist Eleanor Davis (How To Be Happy) unpacks some of these concepts in ways both critical and positive, in an attempt to illuminate the highest possible potential an artwork might hope to achieve. A work of art unto itself, Davis leavens her exploration with a sense of humor and a thirst for challenging preconceptions of art worthy of Magritte, drawing the reader in as a willing accomplice in her quest.

Cartoonist and illustrator Eleanor Davis lives in Athens, GA, with fellow cartoonist Drew Weing. Her previous books include How To Be Happy and You and a Bike and a Road. In 2009 she received the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award and was a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Winner in 2013.

Present by Parsons School of Art. Media, and Technology and the BFA Illustration program 

Event Type

Conferences and Symposia


General Public


Art and Design, Writing and Literature


Parsons School of Design, School of Art, Media and Technology


Graphic Design and Illustration, Storytelling and Communication



FREE: limited seating, first come first served.



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