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February 5, 2001

City Council and CSUS Celebrate Local Cartoonist

On Monday, Feb. 5, the Sacramento City Council passed a resolution celebrating editorial cartoonist Jawn Kloss' 25-year journalism career. His selected works are on exhibit at California State University, Sacramento in the University Union Exhibit Lounge through Feb. 15. An artist reception will be held from 6 - 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8.

"I have a Kloss cartoon about me framed on my wall," says Anne Rudin, former mayor of Sacramento.

Kloss has drawn editorial cartoons for local and state publications for the last 25 years. His work has received various honors, including several California Press Association awards, and is featured regularly in the Sacramento News & Review.

"Cartoons let you engage in the fantastic and they educate you about what the issues are. If they entertain in the bargain, that's great," Kloss says. "But it's the educational value that is most important. I have to interrupt the news and come as close to the truth as I can. I like to smash ideas together so people can look at something differently."

During the exhibition, with the exception of Monday and Wednesday afternoons, Kloss will be on hand in the exhibit lounge crafting his various political illustrations.

"I look forward to jumping into the hot seat," Kloss says. "I like to interact with students and see their reactions, see what interests them. That is what political cartoons are for."

An instructor at American River College and CSUS alumnus, Kloss is the founder of the California Cartoonist Club as well as a founding member of the Sacramento Southside Co-Housing. He has also illustrated six books and draws a syndicated color children's puzzle that has appeared in the Sacramento Bee for more then eight years.

The University Union Exhibit Lounge is open from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday and 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

For more information about the exhibit call (916) 278-6595. For media assistance contact the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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