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Eric Joselyn, artist/cartoonist and activist, will receive award Saturday

By thenotebook on May 31, 2013 03:49 PM

Teacher, artist, and Notebook cartoonist Eric Joselyn will be honored by the Philadelphia Folklore Project for his artistic contributions to social justice at a "Birthday Bash" event to be held at the Painted Bride Art Center Saturday night.

Joselyn will receive the Rosemary Cubas Award for Folk Arts and Activism, for being “a prolific working artist who has been turning peoples’ demands and dreams into eye-catching (and conscience-catching) expressions for decades,” according to the Folkore Project's website. Though some may not know Joselyn by name, his work has a significant presence around the city. “Without recognizing it, you may have seen his work displayed street-side: at local demonstrations for immigrant rights, antiwar protests, or street theater against racism,” PFP says.

Readers of the Notebook are familiar with Joselyn's editorial cartoons, which have graced every regular print edition since 1994.

Joselyn's work, almost always socially or politically relevant, has not generally been highlighted in galleries or through traditional, industry-driven ways. Instead, according to PFP, he prefers to create “high-spirited handmade props for demonstrations, stylish do-it-yourself banners, a forest of words on signs, and texts filled with painful reminders of the constant need to fight for justice.” This niche, which he was drawn to after the realization in his post-college years that he did not want to follow the conventional path of a professional artist, makes him a recognized name among activist organizations.

Alongside his activities as a politically driven artist, Joselyn works as an art teacher and coordinator at the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School. In addition to nearly two decades volunteering as the Notebook's editorial cartoonist, he was an original member of the editorial collective that launched the Notebook in 1994 and that managed the newspaper during its first few years. A number of his cartoons can be seen below. 

 

December 2012

 

Summer 2012

 

October 2011

 

Summer 2010

 

Summer 2009

 

Spring 2009

 

Winter 2008

 

Spring 2007

 

Fall 2007

 

Winter 2006 - 2007

 

Fall 2005

 

 

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Comments (5)

Submitted by Harold Jordan (not verified) on May 31, 2013 4:06 pm
What a well deserved honor. Congrats, Eric.
Submitted by Helen Gym on June 1, 2013 8:34 am

Eric is a treasure to activists and to the arts for social change movement citywide.His editorials (it's not fair to call him a cartoonist) are wonderful statements of humor, humanism and fierce politics wrapped in a concise and clear message. It shouldn't surprise anyone that Eric is a wonderful teacher, caretaker of the arts and an activist in numerous movements over the years. Philadelphia, and the Notebook, have been so fortunate!

Submitted by Ron Whitehorne on June 2, 2013 12:52 pm

Congratulations, Eric.   Keep that pen working.   

Submitted by Dr. Ayesha Imani (not verified) on June 2, 2013 2:35 pm
Eric Joslyn is an awesome social justice educator with whom I had the pleasure of working. I am sorry that I will not be at his celebration, but I celebrate in this email the opportunity to have known him and worked with him. Congratulations Eric!
Submitted by anabel (not verified) on June 6, 2014 7:34 am
haha....I know I shouldn't laugh. These are serious problems, but I really love the cartoons. They are very well made. It only takes a few words to get an important message across. jocuri online

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