The Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration
Illustration by Rene Graef
Exhibition artists’ work represents a time frame from the early 1960’s through today, presenting an overview of changing graphic and computer aided-design processes. Visitors will delight in reading biographical text panels for each artist, which describe the artists’ backgrounds and highlight some of their inspirational sources. With several book artists represented in the same space, viewers have the opportunity to see a broad range of expression and style represented through various approaches to the relationship between narrative and image. Different ways of putting pictures and words together, as well as contrasts in design ideas and story content, set the gallery stage for the adventure. Visitors will find that children’s book illustration is indeed a fine art, inhabiting a realm of its own, and with a history, context, and unique power to make imaginary worlds real. Each of these artists has a different way of entering the world of the child and bringing forth a gift composed of shapes, colors, lines, and words. This variety of creative expression will reward gallery-goers and perhaps surprise those not acquainted with the work of these nationally known artists who live and work in our midst. See below for a complete listing of The Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration exhibition events or visit wisconsinacademy.org for more details.
• Sunday, November 8, 2:00 pm: James Watrous Gallery talk by Ginny Moore Kruse, Director Emerita, Cooperative Children’s Book Center, UW–Madison.
• Sunday, November 8, 1–3:00 pm: James Watrous Gallery tour for families followed by a diorama workshop at the Madison Children’s Museum.