McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History presents “Beyond Words: The Artistry of Illustrated Children’s Books” January 27 through March 6 in The Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall. The exhibit will feature approximately 35 pieces of original art from notable illustrated children’s books, including Caldecott Medal and Honor books.
On loan from three prominent institutions – the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, the R Michelson Gallery, and the de Grummond Collection, and from six private collections, the exhibit focuses on the themes of cultural diversity and artistry. The show also highlights the various types of media that have been utilized, such as watercolor, woodcut, charcoal, die cut, pen and ink, and gouache.
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 1999 McDaniel alumna Jessica Boehman (“Bedtime Stories”), and others.
Exhibit design is completed by the Corcoran College of Art + Design, with professional assistance from the National Gallery of Art. Following its run at McDaniel College, the exhibit will travel to the de Grummond Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. While at the de Grummond, the exhibit will coincide with the 45th annual Children's Book Festival.
Special gallery hours for the exhibition are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 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.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595.
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