This extraordinary show celebrates its 35th year as a showcase for children's book illustrators whose work is seldom seen outside the studio or publisher's office. All of the artwork was selected by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors, and editors.
In the picture genre, "in the beginning was the word." It all begins with a story or idea in search of the perfect visual interpretation. At its highest level, this partnership truly becomes fine art, with words and pictures in complete harmony.
Over the years, the term "original art" has come to embrace many different styles, media, and techniques. The books for which the art was created are on display, so visitors can see the end result of the artists' work.
Gold and silver medals were awarded by the jury to three artists for their outstanding books. Also on display is original artwork from the winner of the Founder's Award for most promising new talent in children's book illustration.
Silver Medal Winner - Anton Van Hertbruggen for The Dog That Nino Didn't Have (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)
Gold Medal Winner - JiJyeon Lee for Pool (Chronicle Books)
Founder's Award Winner - Leo Espinosa for Jackrabbit McCabe & The Electric Telegraph (Schwartz & Wade Books)