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For Immediate Release — October 14, 2011

Pop’d from the Panel

at the Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center
June 25 to December 11, 2011


Details of Donald and Mickey Descending Staircase #2 by David Gilhooly [top]; Untitled (Crowd of Snoopies) by Nina Bovasso [middle]; Web Express by Ron English [bottom]

(Santa Rosa, CA) The juncture of comic art and fine art is investigated in the Charles M. Schulz Museum’s newest exhibition, Pop’d from the Panel. The works of Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Wayne Thiebaud, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and Richard Pettibone highlight the role of appropriation and representation at the intersection of these artistic realms. Running from June 25 through December 11, 2011, the exhibition features 29 works by 18 artists.

Pop’d from the Panel evaluates the personal nature of popular imagery, as each artist draws from the comic art vernacular to make a statement or reframe a conversation. Familiar faces like Superman, Mickey Mouse, and Snoopy are used to tackle topics from personal to political, as artists Mel Ramos, Llyn Foulkes and Nina Bovasso move them beyond the comic art panels.

Presented through an array of media, this survey of works begins in the mid-20th century and winds its way through five decades, highlighting contemporary artists such as James Barsness, Enrique Chagoya, Ron English, Tom Everhart, Jess Harrold, Gottfried Helnwein, Josè Ramón Lerma, David Gilhooly, Sherrie Levine and Suzanne Morlock, who have and continue to adopt comic art images and themes in their work.

Also on display is Schulz on Schulz, featuring the work of Lindsey Schulz, granddaughter of Charles M. Schulz. Ms. Schulz explores the relationship of the world to digital media through her grandfather’s artwork.

Pop’d from the Panel is co-curated by Schulz Museum curator Jane O’Cain and Michael Schwager, professor of art history at Sonoma State University.

James Barsness, Nina Bovasso, Enrique Chagoya, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Ron English, Tom Everhart, Llyn Foulkes, David Gilhooly, Jess Harold, Gottfried Helnwein, Jose Ramon Lerma, Sherrie Levine, Roy Lichtenstein, Suzanne Morlock, Richard Pettibone, Mel Ramos, Wayne Thiebaud and Andy Warhol.

Artist Panel Discussion

Artists Enrique Chagoya, Mel Ramos and Josè Ramón Lerma participate in a panel discussion, exploring themes in each artists’ work and in the exhibition, Pop’d from the Panel. The panel discussion will be moderated by Michael Schwager, co-curator and Sonoma State University professor of Art History. All three artists are based in Northern California and have works featured in the exhibition.

MON., WED. & FRI. ● JULY 18, 20 & 22 ● 9am–12:30pm
Art Attack for Little Ones Summer Camp (for children entering Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Have fun exploring a variety of art styles and media from watercolors to pastels. Make collages, masks, and more while learning the basics of art. Instructor: Terry Katzman.

MONDAY–FRIDAY ● JULY 18–22 ● 9am–12:30pm
Art Attack Summer Camp (for children entering grades 1 to 6)

Get inspired by Pop’d from the Panel while having fun exploring the basics of fine art. Experiment with a variety of media and styles from pop art to splatter painting and prints. Create with watercolors, oil paints, and photography, too.

Decorate Your Own Snoopy

Express your inner artist, by decorating and personalizing your own Snoopy plush to take home! Work with an artist to paint, tie–dye, clothe, and create a unique Snoopy to cuddle and treasure.
Cost: $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Reservations required by calling (707) 284-1263.

If you would like any of the images from Hit the Road, Snoopy! to print in a publication, contact Gina Huntsinger at or (707) 284-1268.

Copyright and image instructions:
Copyright for all Peanuts image should be:   Peanuts © (year of strip) Peanuts Worldwide LLC

FOR USE OF ALL IMAGES IN THIS RELEASE. This art may not be altered in any way. You may not crop, flop, compress or squeeze the images. You may enlarge or reduce its size to fit your publication; and you must do so proportionately. You may not create or change words or thought balloons for the characters.

The Charles M. Schulz Museum opened in August 2002 to fulfill its mission of preserving, displaying, and interpreting the art of Charles M. Schulz. The museum carries out this mission through changing exhibitions and programming that: build an understanding of cartoonists and cartoon art; illustrate the scope of Schulz’s multi-faceted career; communicate the stories, inspirations and influences of Charles Schulz; and celebrate the life of Charles Schulz and the Peanuts characters.

The Charles M. Schulz Museum is located 50 minutes north of San Francisco by car on Highway 101. The Museum is located at 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, California, 95403.

Weekdays Monday thru Friday (except Tuesdays*) 11am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm
Closed Tuesdays*
*Open everyday throughout the summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day)

Free – Museum Members, Children 3 and under
$5.00 – Children 4-18, college students with valid I.D. card, and Seniors 62+
$10.00 – Adults

For more information consult the Museum web site:
Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center
2301 Hardies Lane Santa Rosa, CA 95403