Steve Kelley takes a two-prong approach when considering subjects for his editorial cartoons: they feature politics or "stuff people actually care about," Kelley said, according to With over two decades creating cartoons seen across America, it's a system that's working for the award-winning cartoonist.

When not creating commentary on paper, Kelley keeps the laughs going as a stand-up comic, public speaker and humorist. This includes no fewer than seven appearances on The Tonight Show, according to


"Homework Supercommittee" by Steve Kelley, 2011. Digital print, 10 1/4 x 16 inches. Courtesy Hofstra University Museum.


"Pakistan" by Steve Kelley, 2011. Digital print, 10 1/8 x 13 5/8 inches. Courtesy Hofstra University Museum.


"Ann Romney's Job" by Steve Kelley, 2012. Digital print, 10 3/8 x 14 inches. Courtesy Hofstra University Museum.


Kelley made his editorial cartooning home for 10 years at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans until September 2012, when daily newspaper reduced its print edition to three times a week.

Kelley co-created the syndicated daily comic strip "Dustin" with editorial cartoonist Jeff Parker. Dustin won the 2010 National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Best Newspaper Comic Strip. Since its January 2010 launch, Dustin has been published in around about 320 papers, according to The Washington Post. The strip has been published by The Washington Post, The New York TimesUSA Today, Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report.

BASIC FACTS: Steve Kelley’s editorial cartoons can be viewed at and

Kelley's work is on view through Dec 21 in “Political Slant: Editorial Cartoons” at Hofstra University Museum.

“Political Slant: Editorial Cartoons” presents political cartoonists by Pulitzer Prize winner Walt Handelsman of Newsday, Pulitzer Prize winner Mike Keefe (formerly of the Denver Post), Steve Kelley (formerly of the New Orleans Times-Picayune)Jimmy Margulies of the North New Jersey Record and Pulitzer Prize winner Signe Wilkinson of the Philadelphia Daily News. The exhibition also includes historic cartoons by Thomas Nast.

The Hofstra University Museum is located at 112 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549-1000.


Hamptons Art Hub: The Funny Pages - Walt Handelsman. Published Dec 2, 2012.

Hamptons Art Hub: The Funny Pages – Signe Wilkinson. Published Nov 18, 2012.

Hamptons Art Hub: Art in a Political State of Mind. Published Nov 6, 2012.

Hamptons Art Hub: The Funny Pages – Jimmy Margulies. Published Oct 28, 2012.

Hamptons Art Hub: The Funny Pages – Mike Keefe. Published Oct 21, 2012.


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