Cartoon Art Museum

Are You Going to the Cartoon Art Museum Gala Grand Opening?


Tomorrow night, March 23rd from 6 to 9 PM PDT, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Cartoon Art Museum present the grand opening of the exhibition, "Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination, 100 Years of an Animated Artist. 100 works of art from his early career through his last projects are presented in this retrospective of the genius of Chuck Jones. You'll meet some very hip people: Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones; Marian Jones, his widow; and Craig Kausen, his grandson. You'll also have the opportunity to visit with some old friends such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin Martian, Wile E. Coyote, and the Road Runner. Tickets, from $10.00 to $50.00, are available by clicking here or at the door. The Cartoon Art Museum is located at 655 Mission St. in the SoMA Arts District of San Francisco. Call 1-415-CAR-TOON for more details. Be there or be square!

Chuck Jones Exhibit at the Cartoon Art Museum--March 23rd--Sneak Peek!!


These are two of 100 works of art by Chuck Jones on display at "Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination, 100 Years of an Animated Artist" at the Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St. in San Francisco. The Grand Opening Gala is scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd at 6 PM. Tickets can be purchased here: Your support helps fund the educational programs at both the Cartoon Art Museum and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. The Jones family and everyone at the Cartoon Art Museum look forward to seeing you there!  P.S. Even if you can't make it to the event, buy a ticket anyway (from $10.00 to $200.00) and be loved by thousands of children and adults! What more could you ask for?

Chuck Jones Retrospective Art Exhibit to Open at Cartoon Art Museum--San Francisco


Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination 100 Years of an Animated ArtistCartoon Art Museum Exhibition:  February 9 – May 5, 2013

San Francisco:  The Cartoon Art Museum has announced a centennial retrospective of the art of legendary animation director and creator Chuck Jones, on display from February 9 through May 5, 2013.  The exhibition, comprising 100 works of art from the late 1930s through the late 1990s, is entitled Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination—100 Years of an Animated Artist. Artwork for the exhibit is provided by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa, CA.

Chuck Jones, a graduate of the Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts in Valencia), drew $1.00 portraits on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles before he began his career in animation as a cel washer at Ubbe Iwerks Studio in 1932. He directed his first cartoon, “The Night Watchman,” for Leon Schlesinger Productions in 1938 and went to helm such classic Warner Brothers shorts as "What's Opera, Doc?" and "One Froggy Evening."  Winner of three animation Oscars and an honorary Lifetime Achievement Oscar for "the creation of classic cartoons and cartoon characters," Jones is today considered synonymous with the "Golden Age" of studio animation and has inspired many of today’s most significant film directors, artists, and animators.  

“I have been a fan of the Cartoon Art Museum for many years and to finally have such an extensive exhibition presented here is like a dream come true.  My grandfather loved San Francisco and its denizens. This exhibition, with many never-before-exhibited works, is a masterpiece to celebrate Chuck’s Centennial Celebration,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck’s grandson.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to partner with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and to bring our patrons 100 pieces of classic and rarely seen artwork from one of the greatest and most influential cartoonists in American history,” said Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew Farago.  “Chuck received the Cartoon Art Museum’s Sparky Award for lifetime achievement in 1998, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to further celebrate his extraordinary career and talent.”   

About The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity located in Costa Mesa, California. Founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation creator, Chuck Jones, the Center’s vision is to inspire the innate creative genius within each person that leads to a more joyous, passionate, and harmonious life and world.

The Center is dedicated to re-invigorating the creative spirit and they are doing it through art classes, exhibitions, lectures, and film festivals, all of which spring from the material in the Chuck Jones archive. Jones was a determined saver and his writings, art, and other ephemera from a nine-decade life along with his philosophy of guiding and nurturing instruction form the basis of their programs.

About the Cartoon Art Museum

Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to cartoons and comics.  The museum was started by a group of cartoonists and collectors who wanted to share their appreciation of this unique art form with the rest of the world.  The museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms to benefit historians, cartoonists, journalists, artists, collectors and the general public.

Creativity Season 2012 Live Auction Items

Can't make it to Saturday's Creativity Season, but would still like to contribute by bidding on a live auction item? Worry no longer! Our six live auction items are listed below. If you'd like to bid on them, email with the item # and your top bid, contact information and we'll bid for you!

Spend an evening at Chuck’s favorite restaurant in his hometown with this $100.00 gift certificate to the Five Crowns restaurant. Located in a Tudor mansion at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Poppy in the charming seaside community of Corona del Mar, the Five Crowns has been serving the southland for decades. A refreshingly old-fashioned retreat with its glass-enclosed greenhouse, fireplaces and period antiques; all of which make this dining establishment a perfect respite from your busy life. You may even be regaled with stories by the restaurant’s remarkable Tommy Martin, sommelier and raconteur extraordinaire. Make sure to book your reservation when he’s there.  Value = $100.00

Museum Marathon #1. You’ll have to begin your training to run this marathon by sitting down and watching “Mary Poppins” and “Pinocchio”. Once you can  sing “Supercalifragilisticexpealadocious” and “When You Wish Upon a Star” by heart then you’ll move into the aerobic portion of your training – turning the pages of your “Peanuts” anthologies and finally – and this is an important part of your training – you’ll need to do some eye stretches “Boi-oi-oi-ng! because you’ll be spending a few days in northern California visiting the Disney Family Museum in San Francisco’s beautiful Presidio as well as the Cartoon Art Museum in downtown’s trendy Mission District plus a side trip up to Santa Rosa for a tour of the Charles Schulz Museum. We have tickets for 4 to all of the museums, plus a beautiful book “Picturing the Disney Family Museum”.  Value = $175.00

Abracadabra! Cucamonga! Kalamazoo! Be a guest at the private club that houses the Academy of the Magical Arts in Hollywood. This 1908 mansion became the Magic Castle in 1963 and since then has become synonymous with “Now you see it, now you don’t!” This gift card in the amount of $___.00 will allow you and your guest(s) an evening’s dinner or a weekend brunch along with entertainment by some of today’s most noted masters of the magical arts—it’s Hogwarts and Hollywood all rolled up in one magic carpet ride.  What could possibly top that? Why, it would be a day’s excursion through the Hollywood that Chuck Jones knew (by the way, Chuck was a long-time member of the Magic Castle); your guide will be none other than Chuck’s daughter, Linda Jones Clough. She’ll take you on a tour of Chuck’s haunts in Hollywood and share her stories about growing up in Hollywood. Enjoy a lunch with Linda at Musso & Frank Grill, Hollywood’s answer to Elaine’s in New York and the preferred dining spot of Hollywood’s literati and artists. Value = $400.00, but actually priceless.

Museum Marathon #2. What do ketchup, pickles, steel, and tomato soup cans have in common? How ‘bout this: Tickets for two to the fabulous Andy Warhol Foundation as well as tickets for the Toonseum, plus two nights stay at the Wyndham Hotel…all of which are located in beautiful downtown Pittsburgh! Yes, you heard me right, beautiful downtown Pittsburgh. What? You’ve never been? To make this even better, round-trip airline tickets via American Airlines are included (some restrictions may apply, including black-out dates.)  When you think about it, this marathon is awesomeness itself! The man who changed the way art is perceived and a museum devoted to a purely American art form, not to be missed. Value $1200.00 (opening bid to begin at $895.00 to cover cost of AA airline tickets through Winspire?)

Spuds & Suds! A 1000 Gourmet Tater Tot feast plus a 10 Tap Beer Tasting and Toasting Extravaganza from our friends at “The Iron Press” (two doors east!) Ten of you can enjoy 100 tater tots each or you can be completely selfish and devour the 1000 yourself! Any way you slice it, the potatoes and you will probably be baked. (Designated driver not included…so plan ahead.) Value = $1000.00

Coffee powder. Tang. Sea Monkeys. Art Collection. What do those four things have in common? For three of them, it’s “Just add water”, but for the fourth one, all you have to do is be the winning bidder of this auction item. We offer you an “Instant Art Collection”. Seven works by seven artists, both established and emerging: a drawing from Chuck Jones, Eric Goldberg, and Jeff DeGrandis. A painting from Bob Elias, Trevor Carlton, and James C. Mulligan and an embellished limited edition from James Coleman, all of which can be hanging in your home or office as early as tomorrow.  Craig Kausen personally curated this collection. Value = $10,000.00