Major exhibition premieres at McDaniel highlighting illustrations from children’s picture books

January 01, 2014

“Beyond Words: The Artistry of Illustrated Children’s Books,” a major exhibition highlighting illustrations from children’s picture books, premieres at McDaniel College Jan. 27 through March 6 in the Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall.

Marcia Brown: “Puss in Boots”
Marcia Brown: “Puss in Boots”

More than 35 pieces of original art by notable children’s book illustrators are featured, including winners of the Caldecott Medal and Honor Books. Among the artists are Marcia Brown, (“Puss in Boots”), Eric Carle (praying mantis as in “The Very Quiet Cricket”), Ezra Jack Keats (“The Snowy Day”), Tomie dePaola (“Strega Nona Takes a Vacation”), Jerry Pinkney (“More Tales of Uncle Remus”), David Wiesner (“Flotsam”), Mo Willems (“Knuffle Bunny Too” and “Don’t Let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book!”), as well as McDaniel alumna Jessica Boehman ‘99 (“Bedtime Stories”), and others.

Types of media represented are watercolor, woodcut, charcoal, die cut, pen and ink, paper collage, tissue paper, acrylic and gouache.

Curated by Robert Lemieux, associate professor of Communication and Cinema, and designed by graduate students at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C., with professional assistance from the National Gallery of Art, artwork is on loan from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, R. Michelson Galleries, and the de Grummond Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi, in addition to private collections. The exhibition will travel to the Oddfellows Gallery, Hattiesburg, Miss., to coincide with the annual Children’s Book Festival, April 9 – 11, 2014.

E.B. Lewis: “When Folks are Swinging” from “Happy Feet,” 11 x 18”
E.B. Lewis: “When Folks are Swinging” from “Happy Feet,” 11 x 18”

“The exhibition focuses on the themes of cultural diversity and artistry,” Lemieux said. “By emphasizing diversity, it allows us to highlight the broad appeal of children’s books. It is important for children to see themselves in these characters. Additionally, since many of the artists are Caldecott Medal and Caldecott Honor recipients, artistry becomes an obvious focus [of the exhibition].”  

Special gallery hours during the exhibition are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. The gallery is also open on Sunday, February 9, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., in conjunction with “Sunday Brunch on the Hill” in Englar Dining Hall located on the lower level of Decker College Center. For additional information, including arranging school or group tours, call the Rice Gallery at 410-857-2595.

Mordicai Gerstein:
Mordicai Gerstein: "He Lay Down to Rest" from "The Man Who Walked Between The Towers," 16" x 11 3/4"

“Beyond Words: The Artistry of Illustrated Children’s Books” is made possible by the Abbe Family Trust, Carroll County Arts Council, Dorothy Wagner Wallis Charitable Trust, Lavin Family Fund and the Susan and Tom Zirpoli Fund.

Illustrators featured in “Beyond Words: The Artistry of Illustrated Children’s Books” include:

  • Adrienne Adams
  • Mary Azarian
  • Jessica Boehman
  • Kathryn Brown
  • Marcia Brown
  • Ashley Bryan
  • Eric Carle
  • Raul Colón

Raul Colón:
Raul Colón: "Dancing Snowmen" from "The Snowman’s Path," 15.5" x 18"

  • Richard Cuffari
  • Tomie dePaola
  • Tony DiTerlizzi
  • Jules Feiffer
  • Tibor Gergely
  • Mordicai Gerstein
  • Hardie Gramatky
  • Catherine Greenaway
  • Karla Gudeon
  • Ezra Jack Keats
  • E.B. Lewis
  • Petra Mathers
  • Barbara McClintock

Barbara McClintock: “Cowboys in Texas” from “Adèle & Simon in America,” 7.5” x 15.75”
Barbara McClintock: “Cowboys in Texas” from “Adèle & Simon in America,” 7.5” x 15.75”

  • Willy Pogany
  • Jerry Pinkney
  • Alice Provensen
  • James Ransome
  • Chris Raschka
  • Charles Santore
  • Simms Taback
  • Neil Waldman

Neil Waldman:
Neil Waldman: "The Wind that Wanted to Rest" Cover, 11.5" x 12.5"

  • David Wiesner
  • Mo Willems
  • Paul O. Zelinsky