Former Masterworks Artist Wins Herblock Prize

April 23, 2015

Kevin ‘Kal’ Kallaugher, a former Masterworks artist in residence, has received two more of the highest honours for editorial cartooning, being awarded the 2015 Herblock Prize and being one of three editorial cartoonists nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

These latest accolades follow directly on the heels of his recent winning of the Grand Prix Press Cartoon Europe.

Mr. Kallaugher, the editorial cartoonist for The Economist for more than 25 years, was in residence at Masterworks from June to August 2014, spending his time on the island creating a 13-panel series about the island, a limited edition fine art print portfolio of which is available at the museum.

The artist also draws cartoons for the Baltimore Sun, which noted his award in an article.

The Herblock Prize is awarded annually by The Herb Block Foundation for “distinguished examples of editorial cartooning that exemplify the courageous independent standard set by Herblock.”

The winner receives a $15,000 after-tax cash prize and a sterling silver Tiffany trophy. Mr. Kallaugher will receive the prize on May 7 in a ceremony held at the Library of Congress.

A cartoon by Mr. Kallaugher depicting Johnny Barnes:


A Masterworks spokesperson said, “Congratulations to Kal for these recent accolades and accomplishments. We are thrilled that he is being recognised with these distinguished awards and we are reminded how fortunate we were to have him focus his talents on Bermuda while he was visiting for three months last year.”

According to the Masterworks website leading up to his residency, “Kevin Kallaugher is the international award-winning editorial cartoonist for The Economist magazine of London and The Baltimore Sun.

“In a distinguished career than spans 35 years, Mr. Kallaugher has created over 8,000 cartoons and 140 magazine covers, with a resumé including a half dozen collections of his published work, one man exhibitions in six countries, with additional international honours and awards in seven.

“He has created acclaimed animations and calendars, toured the United States with the Second City improv comedy troupe, and addressed audiences around the world. Mr. Kallaugher, who originates from Norwalk, Connecticut, is currently the artist-in-residence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.”

In 1999, The World Encyclopedia of Cartoons said of Mr. Kallaugher, “Commanding a masterful style, Kallaugher stands among the premier caricaturists of the [twentieth] century.”

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