“Rauner vs. Pritzker,” by Chuck Senties

“Rauner vs. Pritzker,” by Chuck Senties, will be part of the Chicago Midwest chapter of the National Cartoonists Society exhibit at the Beverly Arts Center.

The Chicago Midwest chapter of the National Cartoonists Society (NCS) will host its first exhibit of cartoon art by chapter members Sept. 15 through Nov. 3 at the Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St.

“Drawn to Humor!” will open with a reception in the BAC Simmerling Gallery on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The NCS is the largest organization of professional cartoonists in the USA with over 500 members and 22 chapters across the country. One of the organization’s primary purposes is to stimulate interest in the art of cartooning by encouraging aspiring cartoonists and students and occasionally providing the public with an inside look at the cartoon work of NCS members.

The NSC members participating in the exhibit are newspaper comic strip and comic panel artists, caricaturists, magazine gag cartoonists, editorial cartoonists, humorous illustrators and other professionals working in Chicago and surrounding states.

“It’s not often that cartoonists emerge from their studios to reach out to the public, so this is a great opportunity to meet them in person and see their original work up close,” said Jim McGreal, a member of the NCS and an organizer of the exhibit. “We have members who work in nearly all aspects of comic art and cartooning, and we’re really excited to be a part of this first event.”

In addition to the exhibit of works of NCS cartoonists, an exhibit of works by talented cartooning students from the Vanderpoel Art Association will be on display in the BAC Atrium Gallery.

Also in conjunction with the exhibits, the NCS Chicago Midwest Chapter will host a cartooning open house on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 12 to 6 p.m., at the BAC as a featured event of the annual Beverly Art Walk. The BAC is a trolley stop on the walk.

The open house will feature two workshops led by professional cartoonists demonstrating their cartoon art and video cartoon presentations with selected artists in the BAC Baffes Theatre.

For more information, visit ncs-chicagocartoonists.com.