Charles Monroe Schulz brightened the world for 50 years with his Peanuts comic strip, which debuted October 2, 1950. With Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the lovable Peanuts Gang, Schulz explored the emotional territory of friendship, disappointment, faith, and tolerance. He was an artist and a storyteller who transformed images of everyday life into art that captured the humor, vulnerability, and dignity of the human spirit. Schulz once proclaimed, “It seems beyond the comprehension of people that someone can be born to draw comic strips, but I think I was.”
The Life and Art of Charles M. Schulz explores Schulz’s personal history and his role as the inspiration and artistic talent behind Peanuts and its unique cast of characters. The exhibition follows Schulz from his Minnesota roots to his life in California and tracks the development of the characters that make up the unique world of Peanuts. Fifty-two original Peanuts comic strips, sketches, photographs, and elements of Schulz’s studio illuminate the story behind the popular and influential cartoon strip. A range of ephemera, including books, memorabilia, and toys will also be on display. The Life and Art of Charles M. Schulz is curated by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California, U.S.A.
Contributing Sponsors: Connie and Chris Connolly, John Gardner and Cathy Weideman, GoGo Enterprises, LLC, Xenotronics Company