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Outsider Art Fair 2023: The King of Raw Art

Installation of Paul Laffoley's The Life and Death of Elvis Presley: A Suite (1988-1995)

Featuring art dealers and exhibitors from around the world, the Outsider Art Fair (OAF) is one of New York’s best events for unique and uncompromising visions. Running March 2 to the 5th at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W. 18th Street), OAF will feature 64 exhibitors, including:

  • Aarne Anton / Nexus Singularity, New York, NY
  • Bill Arning Exhibitions, Houston, TX
  • Art Sales & Research, New York, NY
  • ArTech Collective, Bronx, NY
  • Arts of Life/Circle Contemporary, Chicago, IL
  • James Barron Art, Kent, CT
  • bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • Norman Brosterman, New York, NY
  • Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY
  • Center for Creative Works, Wynnewood, PA

...and many more.

The OAF will also have a series of special exhibits. Its annual Curated Space exhibition, We Are Birds is produced in partnership with The Birdsong Project to benefit the National Audubon Society. OAF has joined forces with Grammy Award-winning music producer and supervisor Randall Poster, who co-founded The Birdsong Project as a collaboration with some of the world's most respected musicians, artists, poets, and actors, to support the National Audubon Society. The exhibit features dozens of works inspired by birdlife made by self-taught and contemporary artists, including Greg Burak, Minnie Evans, Tony Fitzpatrick, William Hawkins, Chris Johanson, Pam Lins, Eleanor Ray, Fred Tomaselli, and Bill Traylor. The Life and Death of Elvis Presley: A Suite is an exhibition of American artist and architect Paul Laffoley (1935-2015) eight paintings of The King. Each picture represents the artist’s interpretation of the distinct phases in the life of Elvis Presley.

There will be a series of informative lectures and panels as part of OAF Talks. OAF Talks will be held at the Americas Society on Monday, February 27th, with two panels; one on Minnie Evans (moderated by Esther Adler, Curator of Drawings and Prints, MoMA), and another on Arthur Bispo do Rosario (featuring Javier Téllez, curator of Bispo do Rosario: AllExisting Materials on Earth).

To learn more, go to:

Outsider Art Fair
March 2 - 5, 2023

Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

MoCCA Arts Festival 2022 Returns -- Now In The Metropolitan Pavilion


The MoCCA Arts Festival
April 2 - 3, 2022
from 11:00AM - 7:00PM on Saturday
11:00AM - 6:00PM on Sunday.

Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th St,
New York, NY 10011

Programming at The SVA Flatiron Gallery
133 West 21st Street

The Society of Illustrators welcomes back audiences to the 2022 MoCCA Arts Festival in celebration of top comic, cartoon and illustration artists from around the world. Featuring work by over 500 creators the weekend will also include live lectures, panels, and artist signings. The Fest takes place April 2 - 3, 2022, on Saturday, 11am - 7 pm and Sunday, 11am - 6 pm.

Now located in a new, spacious venue, Metropolitan Pavilion’s large floor plan and high ceilings provides a bright and well-ventilated space for all fest guests. Located at 125 W 18th Street, the Chelsea-based Met Pavilion is within walking distance to many restaurants and attractions. Programming is steps away at the SVA Flatiron Gallery (133 W. 21st St).

Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, This two-day multimedia event draws over 7,000 attendees each year. 500 exhibiting artists display their work, award-winning honorees speak about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conduct demos, lectures and panels. The Fest’s mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s effort to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

To promote this year’s Fest, the Society asked previous MoCCA Arts Fest exhibitor and Award of Excellence gallery artist/creator Yadi Liu, to create a colorful, celebratory image for the cover of the Souvenir Journal. The images are featured prominently on all advertising and promotional materials, as well as a selection of merchandise available to purchase at the SI Booth.

Said Executive Director Anelle Miller, “Yadi’s art really captures our excitement for the return of the Fest. After several years of challenges and disappointments, we are so happy to welcome everyone back.”

In addition to Liu’s art, the Society also engaged other notable artists to create work for the show. Natalie Andrewson’s whimsical creatures will be displayed on the badges, and Patrick McDonnell’s quirky MUTTS characters will be featured as spot illustrations found throughout the Fest. These featured artists will be attending the Fest, and their schedules and table locations are available.

Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators and its Museum of Illustration comprise America’s longest-standing nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration. Its mission is to promote the art and appreciation of illustration, its history and its evolving nature through exhibitions and educational programs.

Tickets can be purchased online as well as at the door.

In accordance with the New York City mandate, all attendees, exhibitors, panelists, volunteers, vendors and staff aged 5 and older must show proof of full vaccination with proper ID (for those 18 and older). Masks are required. This year’s Fest will include space in between tables and wider aisles. Floors will be continuously sanitized by event staff.

Spotlighted Panels:


  • 2:30 - Derf: Four Dead in Ohio
    In 1990, Ohio-based cartoonist Derf Backderf began drawing his alternative weekly comic strip The City. Over more than 20 years, the self-syndicated weekly strip appeared in 140 publications, covering culture, politics, and daily life. In 2009 he published his first graphic novel, Punk Rock and Trailer Parks, and in 2012 he published the graphic memoir My Friend Dahmer, an account of his adolescent friendship with future killer Jeffrey Dahmer, which was later adapted into a feature film. Derf will discuss his work and career with Karen Green, Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

  • 4 pm — Professional Program: Mike Mignola On His Career
    Artist and author Mike Mignola is best known for his character Hellboy as well as for works including B.P.R.D., Screw-On Head, and, most recently, Radio Spaceman. Viktor Koen, Chair of SVA BFA Illustration and BFA Cartooning, will join Mignola to discuss the intricacies of visual storytelling


  • 4:00 - In These Times: Steve Brodner and Nora Krug in Conversation
    Nora Krug’s graphic memoir Belonging confronted her family’s connection to the rise of Nazism in her homeland of Germany. Last year, Ten Speed Press published her illustrated edition of On Tyranny, historian Timothy Snyder’s succinct series of warnings and lessons that gained disturbing relevance in the past several years as authoritarianism became a more visible part of political culture both in the US and abroad. This year, legendary political artist Steve Brodner will publish Living & Dying in America: A Daily Chronicle 2020-2022.

Labor Day Art Festivities Kicked Off by the Hamptons Art Fair

This Labor Day Weekend, the Hamptons Fine Art Fair returns to the Southampton Arts Center (25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968). Running September 2 - 5, the festival celebrates the East End’s new booming art scene with solo artist presentations of work by Barnett Suskind, Carl Holty, Roberto Dutesco, and Linjie Deng, among others.

The event features exhibitors such as ABA Gallery, Bill Lowe Gallery, Havoc Gallery and many more. The opening of the festival on September 2 includes a musical performance by Irene Fong on her signature five string LED crystal crossbow violin. Other events include a guided tour by the fair’s official docent, Sharon Phair, along with panels and discussions. 

To learn more, go to:

Hamptons Art Fair
September 2 - 5, 2021

Southampton Arts Center
25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968

Society of Illustrators Presents Comic and Cartoon Art Week: A Virtual Comics Festival

The MoCCA Fest has been a fixture of New York’s independent comics and art scene since 2002, even outliving its original namesake (the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art).  Due the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, The Society of Illustrators will be organizing a virtual fest, the Comic and Cartoon Art Week, from April 12 to the 17th with live streamed panel discussions, workshops, and (virtual) meet-and-greets. All events hosted by the Society of Illustrators are free to view. Details are at

The online festivities will have discussions on manga, the future of independent comics, workshops for aspiring artists and more.

Events include:

  • Controlled Chaos: Simon Hanselmann with Nathan Cowdry
    Join alternative cartoonists Simon Hanselmann (Crisis Zone) and Nathan Cowdry (Crash Site)  for a friendly chat about their respective bodies of work. Their comics share many common themes: anthropomorphised animals, violence done to and by undergarments, drug-fueled escapades, and the value of loyalty, friendship and lust… er, love! We meant love!

  • MegaScope
    Join John Jennings, the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, as he introduces the world to MEGASCOPE: a new line of graphic novels from Abrams ComicArts dedicated to showcasing speculative and non-fiction works by and about people of color, with a focus on science fiction, fantasy, horror, history, and stories of magical realism.

  • Ryan Holmberg: Manga 4.5
    Building Comics with Mats and Stones: Historian Ryan Homberg focuses on tropes of bohemian poverty in Haoan 50s and 60s. Hosted by NY Comics & Picture-Story Symposium.

  • Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez in Conversation with Adrian Tomine
    Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez and Adrian Tomine sit down for an informal discussion of their methods, influences, some alternative comics history and more. This meeting of three of the most accomplished and influential alternative cartoonists working today is not to be missed!

  • Shawn Martinbrough: Telling A Story
    A discussion on how to create a story starting from words to art. Shawn Martinbrough is the author of How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling, published by PenguinRandom House.

  • Let’s Make Comics with Mika Song!
    Do you love cute animals? Delicious foods? Drawing? Then join author and artist Mika Song for a fun-filled hour of reading and drawing, featuring her awesome kids graphic novel, Donut Feed the Squirrels! Workshop participants will be guided along in creating a character and four panel comic. Have handy paper, a pencil and something to add color - crayons, colored pencils or markers. Purchase Mika’s books here. This workshop is great for families and young artists ages 5+.

  • Shawn Martinbrough: Telling A Story
    A discussion on how to create a story starting from words to art. Shawn Martinbrough is the author of How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling, published by PenguinRandom House. He is a creator/artist whose DC Comics, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics projects include Batman: Detective Comics, DMZ, Luke Cage Noir, The Black Panther and Hellboy. Shawn is also the artist of Thief of Thieves by Robert Kirkman, the co-creator of The Walking Dead and INVINCIBLE.

 And more.

The Society of Illustrators has stated that the MoCCA Arts Festival has been rescheduled for April 2-3, 2022, and will be hosted at the Metropolitan Pavilion

To learn more, go to:

Comic and Cartoon Art Week
April 12 - 17, 2021

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