Allen Cober, former UB Art Department Professor of Illustration is the 2011 inductee for the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in New York City. Professor Cober taught as visiting professor of art and Distinguished Visiting Artist at UB from 1987-96.
Alan E. Cober (1935-1998) was one of the first illustrators to use expressive and symbolic drawing in his illustrations, abandoning realistic painting that was popular in editorial work at the time. His work appeared in numerous publications including TIME, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Life, Look, The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times. Cober’s choice of subject matter from the elderly in retirement homes to prison inmates in Sing Sing was also atypical for publications, but he used his illustrations as a means of communicating to help influence the public’s perception of the destitute and downtrodden. Cober received numerous awards from the Art Directors Club of New York, the Society of Publication Designers, and the Society of Illustrators, and was named Artist of the Year by the AG.