Caricature artists have long been a part of fairs and parks, offering a unique custom souvenir from a visit to a park. Theme parks picked up on the idea, often featuring several styles of caricature art.


1976-1991  Portrait Artists
1992-1993 Caricatures
1994 Fantasy Farmer Market
For the 1976 season, Great Adventure added the Portrait Artists caricature stand to the Dream Street area of the park near the Carousel. The stand was a simple six-sided roof with a single central column supporting it, with a small rectangular addition off to one side where cabinets with supplies were kept. Under the roof chairs and easels were setup out of the hot sun, so guests could sit for the artists to draw their caricatures. The stand employed a crew of talented artists recruited from local schools who looked to practice their drawing skills over the summer breaks.

The stand was operated by a contractor known as "Comic Relief" that also ran comic book stores outside of the park. It was later run by Kaman's Art, an operator of caricature stands in theme parks throughout the U.S..

The popular stand featured display boxes with examples of the artists' handiwork, often featuring caricatures of celebrities from movies, music and TV shows that were popular at the time, and often changed throughout the summer.

The stand was closed in 1994 after the new, larger and more permanent stand in Old Country opened, offering a much more weather proof facility.