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Ritter Library is proud to house many original editorial cartoons by former BW student and Pulizter Prize winning artist Edward Kuekes.  Mr. Kuekes donated over 200 of his original drawings to Baldwin Wallace University.   

 

“Mr. Kuekes (KEY-kess) (1901-1987) was a Pulitzer Prize winning American editorial cartoonist whose work appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer from 1947 to 1963.

 

Edward Kuekes was born in Pittsburgh, PA. on February 2, 1901.  As the story goes, his artistic abilities became apparent when he was only a child.  His parents, Otto and Elizabeth, discovered him creating paper figures with the use of his mother’s scissors and from that point on, they nurtured his natural talents.  

 

The family moved to Berea, Ohio in 1913.  Edward attended Berea High School and Baldwin-Wallace College.  Upon graduating, he attended the Cleveland School of Art and the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. Mr. Kuekes was hired by the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1922, the same year he married Ms. Clare Gray of Berea, Ohio.  Both of Mr. Kuekes’ sons graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College.  At the Plain Dealer, he worked as the understudy of James H. Donahey, upon whose death in 1949, Kuekes assumed the role of Chief Editorial Cartoonist at the paper.

 

In 1953, Edward won the Pulitzer Prize for “Aftermath,” a Korean War cartoon which took aim at the government’s refusal to lower the voting age from 21 to 18.  Among his numerous awards, the artist was a three-time recipient of the Freedoms Foundation Medal.  This honor is granted to individuals who exemplify “responsible citizenship…and long-term civic accomplishment.”

 
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