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" KAL's involvement with the Imaging Research Center will give our talented students opportunities to work with an internationally acclaimed artist and apply 3-D animation in innovative ways. ”

— President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III


Noted Political Cartoonist Joins Imaging Research Center


April 11, 2006 - Kevin "KAL" Kallaugher, the award-winning political cartoonist who recently completed a heralded 18-year run with the Baltimore Sun, has joined UMBC as artist-in-residence in the Imaging Research Center (IRC). The IRC is dedicated to exploring the use of new technologies for interpreting and presenting artistic content.

The IRC's expertise in digital animation will help bring KAL's renderings of contemporary political figures to 3-dimensional life as virtual caricatures. "I am delighted to have this opportunity to simultaneously work with talented students at UMBC and explore this new medium," Kallaugher said. His residency is sponsored by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, UMBC's College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the UMBC Social Sciences Forum.

KAL's 3-D animation endeavors are scheduled to be on display at an exhibit of KAL's work opening at the Walters Art Museum on June 18. The exhibit, "Mightier Than the Sword: The Satirical Pen of KAL," runs through September 3. In addition to his well-known cartoons and caricatures, the exhibit will include lesser-known works of sculpture and film.

While serving as artist-in-residence at the IRC, KAL remains the political cartoonist for The Economist magazine. A Harvard graduate, KAL was recruited in March, 1978 by The Economist to become the first resident cartoonist in the magazine's 145-year history. He spent the next 10 years working in London as a cartoonist for such publications as The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph, Today and The Mail on Sunday. KAL returned to the U.S. in 1988 to join the Baltimore Sun as its editorial cartoonist.

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