Atlantic Center for the Arts sponsors artist outreach events



art by Megan Kelson
  • art by Megan Kelson

ACA Artists-in-Residency #147 outreach events


all event free

Opening reception

5-7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 12

Atlantic Center for the Arts

1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach

Megan Kelso Illustrated Talk

7:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 15

University of Central Florida,

MAP building, room 260

4000 Central Florida Blvd.

Dean Haspiel Illustrated Talk

7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Stetson University Lynn Business Center,

Rinker Auditorium

345 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand

Ellen Forney Illustrated Talk

7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 18

Deltona Library Auditorium

2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona

Atlantic Center for the Arts, currently celebrating its 35th anniversary (and a nifty writeup in the New York Times last week to show for it), breaks the mold this month. Unusual for an ACA artists’ residency, #147 gathers three artists all working in the same medium. Also atypical is that medium: ACA generally hosts a highly intellectual stripe of artists, but Ellen Forney, Dean Haspiel and Megan Kelso are all cartoonists. This group’s surfeit of both artistic ability and indie-comix cred means their individual outreach events around the area are bound to be standing room only – as usual, each artist will visit a local college or library to show and speak about their work (Kelso, 7:30 p.m. Monday; Haspiel, 7 p.m. Tuesday; Forney, 7:30 p.m. Thursday; see box for more information). Forney (I Love Led Zeppelin, Lust, Monkey Food) has been a staple of the alternative press for decades. Lust illustrates years’ worth of personal ads from Seattle’s Stranger alt-weekly; her latest, Marbles (out next month from Penguin Books), is an illustrated memoir of bipolar disorder that “explores the relationship between ‘crazy’ and ‘creative.’” Kelso, also a Seattleite, wrote and drew the strip “Watergate Sue” for the New York Times Sunday Magazine in 2007; her published titles, mostly delving into spiky social interactions and the complexities and squishiness of interpersonal relations, include Girlhero, Artichoke Tales and The Squirrel Mother. Haspiel might get the most backslaps for his (admittedly awesome) collaborations with cult heroes: Harvey Pekar (American Splendor, The Quitter), Jonathan Ames (The Alcoholic, Bored to Death) and Jonathan Lethem (Back on Nervous Street), but his own memoir-noir Street Code and Sin City-inflected Billy Dogma series are more than equal to his starry partnerships. Should you miss the chance to experience all of the artists at Friday’s opening reception or at their “illustrated talks” around town, there’s a closing reception Oct. 26 at which you can not only meet them but also their rosters of associates, some of whom are already producing edgy strips and web comics of their own. Visit for more information. – Jessica Bryce Young

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