The Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms. This unique institution houses approximately 7,000 original pieces in its permanent collection and an education/research library with classrooms. Through exhibitions and other exhibit-related activities — such as artists-in-residence, lectures, and outreach — the museum has taken cartoon art and used it to communicate cultural diversity in the community, as well as the importance of self-expression.
From editorial cartoons to comic books, graphic novels to anime, Sunday funnies to Saturday morning cartoons, the Cartoon Art Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of cartoon and comic art. After more than a decade at 655 Mission Street, in the heart of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena arts district, the museum’s collection of over 7,000 pieces of original and cartoon and animation art and comprehensive research library is being relocated to a new home in San Francisco. Stay tuned for updates on our new space!
The Cartoon Art Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal.
Our vision is to be the premier destination to experience cartoon art in all its many forms from around the world, and a leader in providing insight into the process of creating it.
In 1984, a group of cartoon art enthusiasts began organizing exhibitions by using artwork from their own collections. For several years, the Cartoon Art Museum was a “museum without walls,” setting up shows in local museums and corporate spaces. In 1987, with an endowment from Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, the museum established residence in the heart of San Francisco’s new vibrant art center, Yerba Buena Gardens. The museum moved from its original home, 665 Third Street to 814 Mission Street in 1995. In 2001, the museum moved to a new location down the street, where it remained for the next 14 years. The 655 Mission Street location closed in 2015, as we work towards creating our new long-term facility.
Over the past three decades, the museum has produced nearly 200 exhibitions on topics ranging from politics and sports to children’s literature and Latino culture, and more than 20 publications celebrating and examining the diversity of cartoon art in animation, comics, graphic novels, zines and book illustration.
Among the hundreds of artists that have been featured are Kate Beaton, Mary Blair, Roz Chast, Robert Crumb, Dan DeCarlo, Will Eisner, Phil Frank, Dave Gibbons, Edward Gorey, Los Bros. Hernandez, Lynn Johnston, Chuck Jones, Jack Kirby, Keith Knight, Tom Meyer, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, John Romita, Stan Sakai, Dr. Seuss, Charles Schulz, Raina Telgemeier, Garry Trudeau, Morrie Turner, Mort Walker, Bill Watterson, and Wally Wood. The museum’s Sparky Awards, named for Peanuts creator Charles “Sparky” Schulz, have been awarded to more than 20 cartoonists and other significant contributors to the world of cartoon art.
SUMMERLEA KASHAR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Summerlea Kashar oversees and manages the direction of the museum and its staff, and maintains its community relationships. She has been with the Cartoon Art Museum since 1998, and Executive Director since December 2010. She holds an MA in Arts Management from City University, London, and currently serves on the Board of the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.email@example.com
ANDREW FARAGO, CURATOR
Andrew Farago has curated more than 100 exhibitions of cartoon and comic art. His bibliography includes The Looney Tunes Treasury, and the Harvey Award-winning Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History along with other articles and writings on pop culture, comics, and animation. In 2015, he received the prestigious Inkpot Award from Comic-Con International.firstname.lastname@example.org
NINA L. TAYLOR KESTER, PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Nina Taylor Kester became involved with the museum as a volunteer in 2014 and now runs educational and public programing. She holds a BFA in Cartooning and Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York and worked in digital marketing and community building for Archie Comics, Charles Schulz Creative Associates, Tapastic (now Tapas), and as a colorist for BOOM! Studios on Peanuts.email@example.com
The Cartoon Art Museum board plays a very active role in the operation of the museum and is essential to its mission of promoting a greater appreciation of the fine art of comics, cartoons and animation. Members offer their professional experience in support of the nonprofit community and the talented individuals responsible for creating great art. Trustees also assist in fundraising efforts and help the museum by securing new sources of financial support.
Current Board of Trustees
Chief Creative Officer at Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners, one of the largest independent marketing and advertising agencies on the West Coast.
An editor, journalist, and freelance writer for the past 25 years, Evans became involved with the museum in 2001. He still has first comic book: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #150.
DR. MICHAEL B. JOHNSON
Board Vice Chair
Dr. Johnson is Pre Production Architect at Pixar Animation Studios. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Graphics & Animation & a Masters of Visual Studies from MIT’s Media Lab. He has been at Pixar Animation Studios since 1993, and on the CAM board since 2002.
As Executive Director, Ms. Kashar oversees and manages the direction of the museum and its staff, and maintains its community relationships.
A senior product designer at Apple, McLachlan’s interests include graphic design, film production, and visionary art.
President of Word Play Publications, Whyte serves on the Board of Directors of the Book Club of California, and has authored 45 books and produced nearly 200, including THE UNDERGROUND COMIX FAMILY ALBUM and GOREYOGRAPHY, plus exhibition catalogs on the art of Walt Kelly, Charles Schulz, Edward Gorey, among others.
We’re always looking for professionals from cartoon- and museum-related industries to share their talents and insight. To become an advisor, please contact the Board of Trustees at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LALO LOPEZ ALCARAZ
Creator of LA CUCARACHA comic strip; Editorial Cartoonist, La Opinion.
Creator of SURVEILLANCE CARICATURES comic strip, Comedian, Creative Consultant.
Creator of TROUBLETOWN comic strip, Former President, Graphic Artists Guild.
Comics historian, author of THE ART OF THE FUNNIES, CHILDREN OF THE YELLOW KID, and ACCIDENTAL AMBASSADOR GORDO.
Animator, Graphic Designer, Creator of THE NORM comic strip
Creator of THE K CHRONICLES, THE KNIGHT LIFE, and (TH)INK comic strips.
Attorney, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean.
Comic Book Creator and Herstorian; Author of A CENTURY OF WOMEN CARTOONISTS