Plainsboro Public Library – December 2017 – Artist Ken Wilkie will exhibit his collection of cartoons, including over 35 years of holiday cards, at the Plainsboro Library Gallery this December. The assortment of comics and caricatures includes “Map Art by the Masters”, his first nationally published cartoon from Artists’ Magazine, and many other original works both published and unpublished. The art reception will take place on Sunday, December 3rd, 2 – 4 pm, where Wilkie will speak about the history and trivia behind his subject matter (3pm). The exhibit runs December 2 – January 3.

Wilkie’s content pulls from the political spectrum as well as everyday life. His holiday cards, which date from 1981, feature political caricatures and events many viewers are likely to remember. His cartoons are filled with humor about topics we can all relate to, from work places, to schools, the economy, buzz words, and more.

After receiving degrees in art and history from Rutgers University, Wilkie started a long career teaching art in the regional area, including the Princeton Public School system, eventually retiring after 40 years. A life-long and avid reader of newspaper cartoons, Wilkie began to notice a new social, political, and cultural motif in their content during the 1970s and 80s, and this inspired him to create his own art in this genre. He studied with nationally published cartoonist, Mort Gerberg, at The New School in New York, and later worked with him on a nationally syndicated comic strip There Oughta be a Law, from 1983-1985. Soon he began to get published regularly, and he continued illustrating while teaching full time. Over the last 30 years, he has been published in The Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping, Phi Delta Kappan, Woman’s World, World Monitor, and Barron’s. He has also illustrated books including Mavericks! How to Lead your Staff to Think Like Einstein, Create Like DaVinci and Invent Like Edison by Donald W. Blohowiak; and Getting Along: A Social Skills Curriculum by Charlotte Danielson and Priscilla Snow Algava.  His cartoons have also appeared in anthologies edited by Sam Gross including Movies, Movies, Movies; Play Ball; Lawyers! Lawyers! Lawyers! and others. He was an exhibiting member of the Cartoonists Association in New York.

A fan of Al Hirschfeld — the 20th century iconic cartoonist who continued to work until his death at the age of 99 — Wilkie expects to continue publishing his cartoons well into the future. “It’s something that you can do as long as you can pick up a pencil or pen!”

The Plainsboro Library is located at 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, NJ. Hours are 10-8:30 Monday – Thursday, and 10-5 Friday – Sunday.  For more information, call 609-275-2897.


Donna Senopoulos
Plainsboro Public Library

Ken Wilkie