The Original Art: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration is on display at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators from October 23 through December 21, 2013. Founded in 1980 by artist's agent Dilys Evans, this exhibit showcases the year's best children's books. For editors and art directors, it is an inspiration and a treasure trove of talent to draw upon. For art students, it is a marvelous opportunity to examine—up close—the work of the best in the field. And for the public, it is a chance to appreciate the enormous range of creativity in children’s books and to see both the printed pages and the original paintings, drawings, prints, and collages they represent.
To be included in The Original Art, books must be selected by a jury drawn from illustrators, art directors, editors, and experts in the field. This year’s show features 125 books chosen from entries submitted nationwide. Two Silver Medals and one Gold Medal are awarded by the jury for outstanding achievement in children’s book illustration. This year’s Silver Medal winners are Jon Klassen for The Dark (Hachette Book Group, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), and Simona Mulazzani for I Wish I Had... (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publsihing Co., Eerdmans Books for Young Readers). The Gold Medal winner is Jennifer Yerkes for A Funny Little Bird (Sourcebooks, Jabberwocky).
The Founder’s Award is given to the most promising new talent in the field of children’s book illustration. To be eligible, an artist can have no more than three books published, and his or her work must be juried into the year’s Original Art show. The award carries a cash prize from the Dilys Evans Foundation and a Certificate of Merit from the Society of Illustrators. The 2013 Founder’s Award winner is Yuko Shimizu forBarbed Wire Baseball
(ABRAMS, Abrams Books for Young Readers).