Hays-Heighe House in Bel Air hosts 'Herblock' exhibit
Sep 19, 2011 | 11:13 AM
The Hays-Heighe House on the campus of Harford Community College is hosting a traveling exhibit featuring the cartoons and commentary of legendary Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herbert Block, who was known as "Herblock."
The exhibit, which began Friday and runs through Dec. 13, presents the late Mr. Block's perspective on such themes as the environment, education, the presidency, civil rights and democracy.
One of the most honored editorial cartoonists of his time, Herblock caricatured 13 U.S. Presidents and chronicled American history from the Stock Market Crash in 1929 until his death in the fall of 2001.
He won three Pulitzer Prizes and shared a fourth for his Watergate cartoons, which contributed to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. He was the only living cartoonist whose work was exhibited in the National Gallery of Art, and the only living cartoonist to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The Hays-Heighe House will host four traveling exhibition panels on Herblock, rotating throughout the fall semester – "School Bell," "Democracy," "Presidents" and "The Long March."
Panels on education and civil rights will be displayed for the entire run, while "Democracy" will be installed on Oct. 14 and "Presidents" on Nov. 11.
There will also be a short film on the life and works of Herbert L. Block. The exhibit will link QR codes with other media outlets including Twitter, HCC Library's libguide and online exhibits.
The exhibit is sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation, in association with Ely, Inc.
The Hays-Heighe House is open to the public on Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m, and Fridays, 10 a.m to noon. The house will also be open the first Saturdays of the month in October, November and December (for Herblock and other displays).
The Hays-Heighe House is on the campus of Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road near Bel Air.
For more information, contact Ann Persson, Coordinator, Hays-Heighe House, on 443-412-2495 or firstname.lastname@example.org.