Studio Art Students Explore Narrative Art With Visiting Artist, Rotunda Exhibit

Above: Narrative art by HA 255 Humanities students in the Main Building rotunda.

Comics artist and graphic novelist Sam Nakahira served as an artist-in-residence for the studio art and art history program late January and early February of this year, meeting virtually with HA 255 Humanities for presentations, conversation, and critique. 

Students created their own graphic novel pages, which have been displayed in the Main Building rotunda throughout the month of April. Nakahira was invited by Colleen McGuire, instructor in art. “Sam was a perfect fit for teaching students about graphic narratives depicting migration, a Humanities theme for lower mids,” she said, “because of their knowledge about American history, and interest in telling complex stories about people throughout history who have been overlooked. It was an important teaching opportunity, since comics can be an accessible way of expressing complex subject matter and hard truths.”

Sam Nakahira (she/they) is a Japanese American comic artist and illustrator whose comics have been published by Vox, The Nib, Whetstone Magazine, and Asian American Writers' Workshop. She is a regular contributor to the Nichi Bei Weekly.  Sam was awarded the John Locher Memorial Award in 2021. She graduated from Grinnell College and the Center for Cartoon Studies. 

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