Paula Swanstrom, an Accountant at Joliet Junior College, has her personal collection of art on display at the library. The collection includes autographed cels from Warner Brothers cartoons including Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam, a signed Dilbert print, and more. The collection is in the display case down the hall from the circulation desk and across from the print room.
We asked Paula a few questions about her collection:
How did you get started collecting art?
I never really understood Van Gogh or Picasso, but I did understand Bugs Bunny. We bought the first cel from Gallery Lainzberg in Iowa right after we got married (and had money); the last one was right before my daughter was born (no more money).
Any interesting stories about any of the pieces?
Bugs Bunny is a production cel, meaning it was actually used in creating the cartoon “Bugs Bunny’s Bustin’ Out All Over”. You can actually see the place in the cartoon where this cel appears.
I knew Scott Adams was going to be at a conference I was attending, so I brought a Dilbert greeting card with me. I didn’t realize that he had already signed the inside, then I asked him if he would sign the outside because I wanted to frame it. So the card has a second signature and picture of Dogbert on the inside as well.
Favorite artist or cartoon?
I enjoy them all, especially the old ones from Warner Brothers and Hanna-Barbera.
Plans for future acquisitions?
HAH! See question #1