Exhibit Dates: Now through July 15th
Traveling all the way from Chicago to the small town of Bedford, VA is Tom Bachtell, illustrator for The New Yorker magazine. We'll be helping Tom hang his unique illustrations to be exhibited in our galleries from June 3rd to July 15th at Bower Center for the Arts.
Meet Tom in person by coming to the Center on June 4th from 2-4 PM as Tom will be giving a live gallery talk in the Terrace Gallery. Cash bar and complimentary refreshments will be available.
Tom Bachtell’s distinctive drawings and caricatures appear each week in The Talk of the Town and other sections of The New Yorker, where he has been a regular contributor for some twenty years. His work can be seen in many other publications, including Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Forbes, Bon Appétit, Town & Country, Mother Jones, New York, Poetry, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Observer, and London’s Evening Standard. His ad-campaign clients range from Marshall Field to Lands’ End to the chamber-music series at the University of Chicago.
Bachtell, who was trained as a pianist at the Cleveland Institute of Music and earned a liberal-arts degree from Case Western Reserve University, is a self-taught artist. He works primarily in brush and ink, and his drawing style pays homage to many of the classic American illustrators and cartoonists of the nineteen-twenties and thirties. He has drawn countless celebrities and politicians—including more than his share of George W. Bushes—and illustrated the book “When I Knew,” a Lambda Literary Award finalist, edited by Robert Trachtenberg. He frequently portrays musicians, working regularly with the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Awards in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the Risør Festival of Chamber Music, in Norway.
Exhibits of Bachtell’s work have been shown at the offices of The New Yorker, at the Cliff Dwellers Club, in Chicago, and at the invitational exhibitions “Drawing the Candidates,” at the New York Times, and “Politics ’08,” at the Society of Illustrators, in Manhattan. His illustrated talk, “How I Learned to Stop Complaining and Start Drawing Mariah Carey: My Life as a Cartoonist,” was commissioned as a Marquis Lecture at Coe College, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and has also been delivered at the Arts Club of Chicago.
An active chamber pianist, Bachtell also performs and teaches swing dancing, particularly the Lindy and the Balboa.