Conley Arts Presents:
From January 25, 2018 to February 22, 2018
The Department of Art and Design at Fresno State will present works from Doug Hansen’s 45-year career as an illustrator at the Conley Gallery in an exhibition titled “Bookends.”
Hansen’s career as an illustrator began when he was a student in the Art Department
at Fresno State in the early ‘70s. His cartoons and comics for the Daily Collegian
campus newspaper earned attention and recognition for Hansen and helped launch his
After working for over two decades as a newsroom artist at The Fresno Bee Hansen returned to Fresno State and the Department of Art and Design in 2002, this time as full-time faculty and eventually a professor of illustration. During his 15-year tenure, Hansen illustrated 6 books, three of them his own children’s books. Hansen titled his exhibition “Bookends” for the way Fresno State and the department of Art and Design have provided the ‘bookends’ for his illustration career.
Hansen states that the exhibition includes works “From comic books to children’s books
and everything in between.” Hansen self-published three comic books including Frezno
Funnies and contributed to dozens more ‘underground comix’, what today might be called
‘indie’ or ‘alternative’ titles, and most examples of that early work have never been
Hansen’s illustrations from his years at the Fresno Bee are rendered in a multitude of media and include pen-and-ink drawings from his ‘Fresno Sketchbook’ series. Today’s consumers of news will be reminded of the memorable part illustrations played at the paper during the 1980s
and ‘90s. These artworks are also being exhibited for the first time.
Hansen’s watercolor illustrations for David ‘Mas’ Masumoto’s books Letters to the Valley and Heirlooms are included in the show as well as pieces from all three of Hansen’s children’s books: Mother Goose in California, Aesop in California, and California, the Magic Island. Originals illustrating Karen Moore’s Pen the Tale, Oogie are the most recent works included. Illustration can be described as “art put to work” says Hansen. He hopes viewers will gain an appreciation and understanding of the illustrator’s craft by seeing how the works on display demonstrate his creative and technical process and by seeing how memorably words and images can work together.
Doug Hansen was born in Fresno, California and is the eldest of six children in an artistic family. Hansen collaborated with his mother, Janice, and brothers Craig and Keith to create the river mural installed at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Hansen received both his BA and MA in Art from California State University, Fresno. He was awarded the graduate Dean’s Medal in 2001 and is a professor emeritus in the Graphic Design area in the Department of Art and Design.
Gallery hours are 10am - 4pm, Monday to Friday
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Thursday Jan. 25th
Fresno State’s Conley Art Lecture Hall (Conley Art 101)
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25th
Fresno State’s Phebe Conley Gallery
Free. The public is welcome.
Enter Parking Code 262829 at kiosks.
If you need special accommodations for this event please call 559 278-8466.
The Phebe Conley Gallery, located in the Phebe Conley Art Building, provides critical exhibition space for Art and Design Department students to prepare for a professional career, provides actual installation experiences, and connects the students with the community by providing four large student exhibitions each year and multiple Masters Degree Student Exhibitions.