Illustration Institute

2019 exhibition

The Art Of Cute is an exhibition that takes a serious look at a powerful aesthetic not often taken seriously.

The Art of Cute is organized into three sections: Normative Cute, Applied Cute and Meta Cute and will explore why we are drawn to that which is cute and how its impact is felt in life, in design and in art.

Normative Cute illustrates the science and nature of cute and describes why it is so much a part of human (and animal) nature.

Applied Cute sheds light on how cute aesthetics are employed in design, architecture and fashion.

Meta Cute or “beyond” cute explores how cute, combined with other aesthetics, can create meaningful art that can be ironic, disturbing, political, joyous humorous and provocative.

The Art of Cute is curated and produced by Illustration Institute.


The Brick Store Museum: 117 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME

Museum Hours: Tues - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sat. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Here’s a sneak peek of images from the show!

 Gallery View

Gallery View

  Miffy At The Gallery , Dick Bruna, Collection of Mercis bv Dick Bruna

Miffy At The Gallery, Dick Bruna, Collection of Mercis bv Dick Bruna

  Helmeted Birds , Ayumi Horie

Helmeted Birds, Ayumi Horie

  The Cute Manifesto , James Kochalka

The Cute Manifesto, James Kochalka

  Zooguu Faux Taxidermy , Jen Bennett Gubicza

Zooguu Faux Taxidermy, Jen Bennett Gubicza

  Displaced , Salley Mavor

Displaced, Salley Mavor

  Scared Doe , Larry Gianettino

Scared Doe, Larry Gianettino

  Princess Blackby , Vicky Knowles

Princess Blackby, Vicky Knowles

  Catbug , Frederator Studios

Catbug, Frederator Studios

  Macanudo , Ricardo “Liniers” Siri

Macanudo, Ricardo “Liniers” Siri

  Springtime Dance , Calef Brown

Springtime Dance, Calef Brown