Map and Geographical Imagery in Editorial Cartoons of the 1960s-1970s

southwest landscape by Rosemary Rowe

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library welcomes two new exhibits on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The new exhibits feature landscape photography by daughter Rosemary Rowe and her father Bryan Rowe, as well as the exhibit, “Map and Geographical Imagery in Editorial Cartoons of the 1960-1970s.”

With both photographic exhibits on display through mid-February, Rosemary’s photography features images of the southwest United States and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Bryan’s exhibit, titled “Landscapes from My Early Years,” features works from 1976 and 1977. An artists’ reception honoring both photographers will be held Thursday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. in room 204 of the library.

Rosemary, who received a bachelor’s degree in geography in 2010 from Southern Miss Gulf Coast, traveled on three geography expeditions to the southwest United States as a university student. During these trips, she photographed her first collection of landscapes. Inspired by the beauty of the American Southwest, she says, “I found the only way I could express my feelings of this loneliness and ruggedness was through the camera lens.”

After joining the U.S. Navy in 1973, Bryan traveled the world and further developed his photography. During a tour in Spain, he travelled to the Pyrenees mountain range between Spain and France taking landscapes and portraits along the way, which is the current collection on display. During his 22 years of service, Bryan’s collections feature photographs from all over the world, including images taken in Antarctica, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.

In addition to the photography exhibit, the library is displaying, “Map and Geographical Imagery in Editorial Cartoons of the 1960-1970s: a Selection of Images from the Digital Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi.” Exhibited by Linda K. Ginn, catalog librarian and associate professor for University Libraries, the display includes the work of cartoonists Eddie Germano, Jack Jurden, Eldon Pletcher, John Riedell, Vic Runtz, and John Stampone.

As a form of social commentary combining text and imagery, editorial and political cartoons are designed to make a point or cause people to think about an issue of social, cultural or political relevance. They have been a staple of newspaper and journalistic content in the United States for at least 150 years. The images in the library’s exhibit, which will be on display through February, were selected from the AAEC Editorial Cartoons Digital Collection at Southern Miss.

For more information, contact the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Libraries at 228.214.3450.