LAURA JEAN ALLEN

creating an exhibition for a client

This retrospective on the work of mid-century illustrator and alum Laura Jean Allen was created for the University of the Arts Illustration department's 150th anniversary celebration. The exhibition is a collaborative effort with a fellow MFA student in which I led exhibition development and project management.

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big idea

It was Laura Jean Allen's diverse personal style that allowed her to have a successful and fulfilling illustration career.

 

audience

  • UArts Illustration students

  • UArts Illustration alumni

  • Non-illustrators

 

 

goals (visitors will...)

  • Learn about the work and life of a little-known illustrator

  • Be inspired to blend their commercial and artistic illustration work

  • See historic illustration techniques

FLOOR PLAN

cover to cover

The department wanted to showcase Allen's many notable New Yorker covers... 

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All of the covers are displayed outside the gallery to interest potential visitors

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Related covers are paired with each section panel

ups and downs

Interpretive labels explore the nuances of Allen's career to provide a meaningful message for Illustration students developing their own artistic career