The Art of Illustration: Columbia’s Cover Story

The Art of Illustration: Columbia’s Cover Story

Image credit:
Jimmie's Lock Shop
Donald J. Winslow
Published March 1966

The Knights of Columbus Museum has within its permanent collection more than 200 original studies created for use as covers of Columbia magazine. A new exhibition, The Art of Illustration: Columbia's Cover Story, highlights 64 of these works which were featured on the magazine’s cover from the 1930s to the 1980s.

Some of the paintings are accompanied by preliminary pencil sketches, as well as a few of the finished covers. While some works are on canvas or Masonite board, the majority of the collection is done on art board, often including color swatches and pencil notations.

In continuous publication by the Knights of Columbus for more than 120 years, with a current distribution of more than 1.6 million monthly copies, Columbia is the largest circulation Catholic publication in North America. The magazine is printed in four languages (English, Spanish, French and Polish) and continues to record the fraternal organization’s outstanding outreach programs and initiatives, while continuing to promote its founding principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.

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