“Inside ‘Peanuts’: The Life and Art of Charles M. Schulz | Mulvane Art Museum | 17th + Jewell | Washburn University | June 16 – September 16

Some days you’re Lucy, other days you’re Charlie Brown.

Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Pig-Pen, Franklin, Sally, Linus, Violet, Schroeder, and other characters continue to be a part of everyday American culture. (You know you’ve tried to dance like the guy in the party scene of, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”) Regardless of which “Peanuts” Gang character you identify with, you are sure to enjoy the exhibition at Mulvane Art Museum: “Inside ‘Peanuts: The Life and Art of Charles M. Schulz,” on display from June 16 to September 16.

Schulz was born in 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and died in Santa Rosa, California on February 12, 2000, just hours before his last original, “Peanuts,” strip was published in newspapers all over the world. For over 50 years, he provided daily insights into the lives of the, “Peanuts” Gang, with reference to their friendships, loyalties and disappointments. The success of the comic strip spawned television specials, movies, a symphony concert, a musical, and many books.

In addition to examples of more than 40 “Peanut” comic strips, Schulz quotes and photographs, and selected collectibles, the exhibit will also inform viewers of cartoonists and artists who influenced Schulz’ work.

Inside ‘Peanuts’: The Life and Art of Charles M. Schulz” was organized by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, Calif. This exhibition is currently on an international tour around the world. It is sponsored in part by AT&T, the Real Yellow Pages and yellowpages.com.

The Mulvane Art Museum is located at 17th and Jewell streets on the campus of Washburn University. Museum, ArtLab and Gift Shop hours are 10a to 7p Tuesday, 10a to 5p Wednesday-Friday and 1 to 4p Saturday and Sunday.

Admission to the Museum is free and it is open to the public. Free parking is located to the west of the museum. For more information call 670.1124 or go to washburn.edu/mulvane.

[Story by Rio Cervantes-Reed | Images © 2012 Peanuts Worldwide LLC]

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