Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Fine Arts

Committee Chair

Begley, John P.


Haynie, Hugh; United States--Politics and government--Caricatures and cartoons; Cartoonists--Kentucky--Louisville; Caricatures and cartoons--Kentucky--Louisville


This paper, which accompanies the exhibit “Hugh Haynie: The Art of Opinion”, examines the illustrative work of Louisville Courier-Journal editorial cartoonist Hugh Haynie, and the impact of his social and political commentary from 1958-1997. His cartoons targeted countless prominent political figures and notable pop culture personalities. His stance on controversial topics of the era was extremely progressive and his work facilitated political discourse through an easily accessible platform. The cartoons in the exhibit explore issues that occupied the work of Hugh Haynie, but are still very much with us today. The works selected for display present the multiple roles Hugh Haynie played as artist, political commentator, social advocate and First Amendment crusader. The development of this exhibit proved to be an exercise in curatorial diplomacy. The challenges that presented were to navigate the presentation of controversial content while simultaneously maneuvering the respective points of view of the collector, the community, the institution and its stakeholders, but ultimately - and most importantly - the artist.