Kate Kelp-Stebbins Featured on OregonLive

By Steve Duin | For The Oregonian/OregonLive

EUGENE – It was a novel experience last Saturday, moving through a room where “journalism” is cause for celebration, not an anguished curse.

That expansive room at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon is showcasing “The Art of the News,” and the vibrant, visual ambition of comics journalism. Mexico City cartoonist Gerardo Alba best described the ethic at work in the exhibition hall:

“A lot of voices are lost. That’s always been my approach to journalism. How can I amplify them?”

“The Art of the News,” which runs through Jan. 16, is curated by Kate Kelp-Stebbins, a University of Oregon comics studies professor. Her father, Larry Kelp, was the music critic for the Oakland Tribune, and she still remembers the ride home from a Neil Diamond concert when her father and the Tribune photographer saw a hotel fire and realized their night’s work had just begun.

She was 9 years old, watching those journalists hit the brakes and switch gears, and all she could think was, “This is amazing. I love everything that is happening.”

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