Robert Ariail — Editorial Cartoonist
Robert Ariail is the editorial cartoonist for The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina. His work is published in over 600 newspapers through United Features/Universal Uclick syndicate. Robert has won numerous awards for his work including:
- The National Press Foundation’s Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award – 2012
- The Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts – 2012
The annual Verner awards, established in 1972, are the highest honor the state of South Carolina presents in the arts.
- The South Carolina Press Association award for cartooning – 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007
- The United Nations Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Award – 2009
Ariail is the first American to win this international award from a field of over 1500 entries. He also won third place in 2013 and Honorable Mention/Citation for excellence in 2011, 2010.
- The Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade Award – 2015, 2007, 2004, 2001, 1997, 1991
Ariail has also won over a dozen second and third place awards in this 11 state Southeastern regional competition.
- The Overseas Press Club’s Thomas Nast Award – 1997
He’s also won a second place, a third place and an honorable mention.
- The National Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award – 1992
- The National Headliner Award – 1990
He’s also won a second place and a third place.
- A South Carolina Gold Addy Award – 1990
For a cartoon poster that helped raise thousands of dollars for hurricane Hugo relief operations.
- Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize – 2000, 1995 and in 1990 as a member of The State’s team covering Hurricane Hugo.
Ariail is a Columbia, S.C. Native and University of South Carolina graduate. In 1985 he was given the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University. In 1992 Ariail was honored with the Ambrose Hampton Award for distinguished service to The State. He appeared in and drew cartoons for Hemdale Motion Picture’s “The Boyfriend School” filmed in Charleston, S.C. in 1990. Ariail has published three collections of cartoons. The most recent, “Ariail!!!”, was one of Columbia’s best selling books in 2001.
Robert Ariail speaks frequently throughout South Carolina and lends his time and talent to many community and charitable organizations. He served two terms on the executive board of The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County and currently serves on the board of trustees for the Historic Camden Foundation. Robert lives in Camden, S.C.