In 2001 Ann Telnaes became the second woman ever to win the Pulitzer
Prize for editorial cartooning. One of the few women in this highly
competitive field, Telnaes creates some of today's boldest political
cartoons. She works in a striking, streamlined style that enhances
her incisive views on national and international issues, which often
pertain to First Amendment issues such as civil and human rights.
Telnaes is a freelancer whose award winning cartoons appear regularly
in the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New
York Times, Austin American-Statesman, and other highly regarded
newspapers. Her pointed commentary, wit, and elegant style appeal
to these publications' millions of readers.
Born in 1960 in Stockholm, Telnaes became a U.S. citizen at the
age of thirteen. She completed a B.F.A. at the California Institute
for the Arts in 1984 and began her career in animation, moving gradually
into editorial cartooning as she became increasingly politicized.
By 1992 her political cartoons began to be published regularly in
newspapers. She moved to Washington, D.C., in 1993 and began to devote
herself primarily to political cartooning.
In her drawings Telnaes consistently upholds the finest tradition
of the "ungentlemanly art" of graphic satire, in that she forcefully
addresses controversial, complicated subjects. She has produced a
body of cartoons that spans a broad but distinctive spectrum of key
issues and events that include the status of civil rights, the separation
of church and state, the presidential election of 2000, the terrorist
attacks of September 11, 2001, over-consumption, corporate scandals,
the ongoing denial of basic rights to women in Africa and the Middle
East, and the wars waged by the U.S. in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Telnaes won the Pulitzer Prize for a group of cartoons that focused
mainly on the contentious presidential election of 2000. Her other
honors include Best Cartoonist at the Population Institute XVIIth
Global Media Awards (1996) and Best Editorial Cartoonist at the Sixth
Annual Environmental Media Awards (1996); the National Headliner
Award for Editorial Cartoons (1997); and the Berryman Award for Editorial
Cartooning from the National Press Foundation (2003). In addition
to her cartoons syndicated by Tribune Media Services, Telnaes publishes
a weekly "commentoon" in Women's eNews and is one of six
women who contributes regularly to Six Chix, a comic strip
distributed by King Features Syndicate.
Humor's Edge celebrates Ann Telnaes's generous gift to
the Library of Congress of eighty-one original drawings that represent
the range of themes that engage this gifted artist who has recently
emerged as a leader in American editorial cartooning. An artist who
bravely criticizes the actions and words of powerful public figures,
Telnaes takes stands on complex, divisive issues and affirms the
editorial cartoon as a potent means of expressing opinions and illuminating
issues of the day.