Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations
Through picture books, readers embark on visual journeys that engage all of the senses and encourage curious, imaginative, and thoughtful interactions with the world around them. Since 1938, the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, has recognized the significant impact of art on early reading experiences, awarding the Caldecott Medal for excellence in this area. Named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, the prestigious and highly coveted medal is awarded annually to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The exhibition Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations includes original illustrations from Caldecott Medal recipients and from “runner-up” Honor books, as well as other illustrations by award-winning artists. This exhibition of works from Wichita Falls Museum of Art’s permanent collection celebrates the vision and talent of twenty-eight award-winning artists, including the first Caldecott Award recipient Dorothy P. Lathrop (1938), two-time winner Chris Van Allsburg (1982, 1986), and Maurice Sendak (1964), whose work Where the Wild Things Are, like Van Allsburg’s Jumanji and The Polar Express, was adapted for the big screen. These illustrations are widely recognized not only as artistic classics in children’s literature but also as the source of countless beloved memories for the young and young at heart.
More than mere relics of the carefree days of youth, picture books occupy a unique place in our cultural landscape. For generations, images have worked alongside text, not in any subordinate manner, but as crucial components in the construction and exploration of story worlds. The transformative power of picture books is undeniable for the many ways young readers are invited to and enthusiastically participate in reading.
The Caldecott Collection of Children’s Book Illustrations is part of the permanent collection of the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas. The museum has collected children’s book illustrations for more than fifty years.
Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations is touring May 2018–April 2021. The dates below reflect five-week exhibition periods. Dates are subject to change; please contact MoreArt@maaa.org or (800) 473-3872 x208/209 for current availability.
May 15–June 20, 2018
Little Rock, AR pending
July 5–August 16, 2018
Temecula, CA pending
September 1–October 5, 2018
Moses Lake, WA pending
October 21–November 30, 2018
Fort Morgan, CO pending
December 15, 2018–March 10, 2019
Waco, TX pending
March 25–April 30, 2019
Provo, UT pending
May 15–June 20, 2019
West Lafayette, IN pending
July 5–October 5, 2019
Midland, TX pending
October 21, 2019–January 19, 2020
Chicago, IL pending
February 3–April 30, 2020
Haverhill, MA pending
May 15–June 20, 2020
July 5–August 16, 2020
September 1–October 5, 2020
Chelsea, MI pending
October 21–November 30, 2020
December 15, 2020–April 30, 2021
Greenville, SC pending
approximately thirty-five original illustrations and fifteen books
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Danny Bills, curator of collections and exhibitions at Wichita Falls Museum of Art
Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University
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The exhibition is fully insured by ExhibitsUSA at no additional expense to you, both while installed and during transit.