Fashion Illustrator Jim Howard Exhibit Comes to The Art Institute of Colorado

Next Thursday, The Art Institute of Colorado will be hosting a reception and exhibition of the works of Jim Howard. An established fashion illustrator, Howard’s fashion illustration show is slated to exhibit pieces from his award-winning campaigns that took place in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Appropriately dubbed Fashion Illustration Then & Now: A Retrospective of Fashion from the ‘70s/’80s and Today, the show will include advertisement campaigns from a number of different top cosmetic companies, retail stores and advertising agencies from around the country. It will also include some of his new work from the “Fashionista Series,” which consists of mixed medium collages featuring an interesting fusion of real drawings, photography and found items.

This fashion-inspired exhibit will also feature art from Howard’s paper doll illustrations. Earlier this month, Howard’s paper doll book was featured in The New York Times. Entitled Four Famous Dandies, the book was praised by The New York Times as being “…a sartorial explosion of color, prints and swish.” Released in August 1, 2010 by Paper Studio Press, the book serves as a historical illustration Patrick McDonald, Beau Brummell, Oscar Wilde and The Duke of Windsor, all four of which are considered to be dandy fashion icons.

“It was so much fun to do the research!” said Howard in a KDVR article.

This exhibit won’t represent the first time Howard’s work has been on display. In fact, Howard’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums throughout the country, including Texas, New York and Chicago. It has also been exhibited in Tao and, most recently, Howard was asked to donate 39 of his pieces to be included in a permanent display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

The Thursday reception, which will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 in the John Jellico Gallery at The Art Institute of Colorado, will be open to the public at no charge. Those who attend the reception are invited to browse through the artwork while also enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.  Some of the exhibit pieces will also be available for purchase during the reception. Those who can’t make it to the reception will still have plenty of opportunity to view Howard’s work as it will be on display at the gallery from August 20, 2010 through September 17, 2010.

The John Jellico Gallery at The Art Institute of Colorado can be found at 1200 Lincoln Street in Denver, Colorado.