Organized by Cartoon Art Museum founder Malcolm Whyte, Draw Me a Story presents 43 original works of art and 10 books as a thematic and nostalgic journey through the history of children’s book illustrators and illustration techniques.
The exhibition starts with artists Ralph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway—two of the most popular illustrators of the late nineteenth century, both of whom now have children’s literary awards named after them. Twentieth-century artists include innovators like W.W. Denslow, William Steig and Chris Van Allsburg. Styles featured in the exhibition range from the delicate watercolors of Kate Greenaway’s Hush-a-Bye, Baby to the evocative pen and ink visions of Jules Feiffer.
Draw Me a Story also explores the process of illustration and its evolution over time, from simple, traditional media to more experimental combinations of pen, pencil, paint, and ink.
Draw Me a Story is a family-friendly exhibition with a checklist that also includes Edward Ardizzone, Lois Lenski, Tomie DePaola, Maurice Sendak, Rosemary Wells and Patrick McDonnell. Audiences of all ages will come to your door, and leave with smiles on their faces.