Ann's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Team Southern Route

ANN TELNAES

Political Cartoonist
Humor's Edge

“Just be ready to look at other doors. I had a lot of doors open to me that I never thought about when I was a student, and I took them. It worked out really well.”

INTERESTS:

Art Politics

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Choices Transitions Failure Fear Opportunity Confidence Passion Determination Education Honesty Instincts

FOUNDATION:

Communicating / Sharing Stories

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Had always enjoyed art, and specifically the act of drawing.
  • Was going to Arizona State University, studying graphic design, but felt she was "floundering," didn't feel motivated.
  • Everyone around her was majoring in business, but she wanted to study something that was truly her passion.
  • Decided she needed to go to art school if she wanted to really apply herself and get serious about her goals.
  • Was animating for Disney, started feeling politically motivated by the Tiananmen Square protests, the Anita Hill hearings.
  • Was inspired to draw a series of political cartoons; sent them to newspapers across the country.
  • Liked the medium of editorial cartoons because she had always been very opinionated, saw she could express opinions through art.
  • Won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 2001; only the second female cartoonist to do so.

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