‘Sanjay and Craig’ Art Exhibit ‘Butt What Is Art?’ Opens This Week [Exclusive Art]

Nickelodeon is making an effort to promote its renewed emphasis on creative cartooning at its animation studio. This week, they will open an art exhibit, “Butt What Is Art? A Sanjay and Craig Fine Art Retrospective,” at California State University, Fullerton’s Atrium Gallery (Pollak Library). The exhibit will focus on art created for, and inspired by, the series about an Indian boy and his talking snake:

“This unique and whimsical exhibit captures the show’s themes of humor, friendship and adventure across various creative mediums,” said Russell Hicks, President, Content Development and Production, Nickelodeon. “California State University, Fullerton, has a respected Art Department, and in turn, has done an excellent job curating production assets that breathe life into Sanjay and Craig.”

The showcase traces the birth of Sanjay and Craig from its punk-inspired creation in San Francisco – where the dude-snake duo was first drawn – to its present state as an artist-inspired, storyboard-driven show with creators at the heart. The collection is punctuated by original character sketches, layouts, backgrounds, title cards, storyboards and animatic video. In addition, the curators have commissioned original art for the exhibition, including drawings, sculptures, and a one-of-a-kind collection of Fart Jars.

The exhibit is curated by CSU Fullerton MFA student Emily Tyler. The public opening reception takes place this Saturday, April 12, from 5-7pm, and the show continues through June 20. For more information, visit the CSU Fullerton website.

Click on any of the pieces for a closer look.


  • megadrivesonic

    The designs of this show always bothered me.

  • http://the-animatorium.blogspot.com/ Natalie Belton

    You know something’s going to be ‘artsy’ when it has the word ‘butt’ in its title and its collection features ‘fart jars’….um, yeah.

  • AYB

    What’s with all the hate?

  • Mekayla Trujillo

    I am pretty sure Craig is eating a chicken wing. Eating wings is prominent in this Nicktoon.

  • DangerMaus

    That background has a “Yellow Submarine” feel to it and the style in the collage sort of reminds me of MAD magazine with hints of “Big Daddy” Roth in it.

  • Fishbag

    The multicoloured construction drawings look beautiful.

  • Keen Bean

    I can’t seem to find any reason to watch that show. it looks stale……ok I just watched it and it carries the classic nick formula. It’s actually not bad. Not great. But not bad