The Thea Foundation is hosting a retrospective exhibition through Friday by one of central Arkansas’s most recognized names. "Drawing a Line: 30 Years of Cartoons and Illustrations by John Deering" kicked off with an opening reception on of Oct. 4

A lifelong Arkansan, Deering studied fine art at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and became employed by the Arkansas Democrat (now the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) in 1981. Working in paste-up, but soon moving up to editorial, creating maps, charts and illustrations, Deering became a regular cartoon contributor to the "Voices" page, and within two years his political cartoons were winning first-place awards from the Arkansas Press Association for political cartoons. In 1988, he was promoted to the Democrat’s chief editorial cartoonist.

Deering’s political cartoons have been featured in Time, Newsweek, the Sunday New York Times and have been shown on NBC Nightly News, ABC and C-SPAN; he is also a frequent contributor to USA Today. He won the Fischetti Award for cartooning from Columbia College, Chicago, in 1994, and the Berryman Award given by the National Press Foundation in 1996. His comic panel Strange Brew appears daily in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, as well as other papers across the country and overseas.

Deering and his wife, Kathy, live in Little Rock with their two sons, Will and Matthew. Their daughter, Elizabeth Deering Morris, teaches art in the Little Rock public schools, and is the mother of Deering’s grandchildren, Mickey Sue and Maya.

Deering’s exhibition will also be featured during the Argenta ArtWalk on Friday from 5- 8 p.m. The Argenta ArtWalk is free and open to the pubic. The Thea Foundation is located at 401 Main St., Suite 100, North Little Rock. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m to noon and 1 – 5 p.m. For more information about this event, visit or call 501-379-9512.