The Original Art 2011
New York, NY 10021
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 26 through December 29, 2011. Founded by artists’ agent Dilys Evans and now celebrating its 31st anniversary, 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 better understand the importance of books for children and to appreciate the enormous range of creativity they represent.
To be included in The Original Art, books must be selected by a jury of illustrators, art directors, and editors. This year’s show features 150 books chosen from 590 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 Gold Medal winner is Rosalyn Shanzer for Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem, National Geographic Society. The Silver Medal winners are Kadir Nelson for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, HarperCollinsPublishers, Balzer and Bray, and Lane Smith for Grandpa Green, Roaring Brook Press.