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Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011

Draw Me a Story

From October 1 through December 31, 2011, Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration, explores bold adventures, classic fairy tales, amazing animals, and imaginative ABCs, all seen through the eyes of forty-one artists who have created works especially for children.

Originating from the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, this exhibition features forty original works of art and thirteen books in a 130-year journey through the history of children’s book illustrators and illustration techniques.

Located in the Charles R. Wood Gallery, Draw Me a Story includes such well-known artists as Ralph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway, W.W. Denslow, William Steig, Edward Ardizzone, Lois Lenski, Tomie DePaola, Maurice Sendak, Rosemary Wells, Patrick McDonnell, and Chris Van Allsburg. The exhibition explores the process of illustration and its evolution and will travel from Glens Falls to The Frick Art and Historical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to be on view from January 28, 2012 through May 25, 2012.

As an adjunct to Draw Me a Story, The Hyde Collection is presenting, for the first time, a selection of children’s illustrated books from its own collection. Entitled Hyde and Seek: Illustrated Children’s Books from the Permanent Collection, the majority of these books once belonged to the grandchildren of Samuel and Eliza Pruyn whose daughters, Mary, Charlotte and Nell lived in the three houses that now comprise the heart of The Hyde Collection’s campus. Several of the books are inscribed with the name of Mary van Ness “Nessie” Hyde (1903-1979), the only child of Charlotte Pruyn and Louis Hyde. Others were read by Mary Eliza “Polly” Hoopes (1905-1994) and her brother Samuel, the children of Mary Pruyn and Maurice Hoopes.

Among the British, French, German, Italian, and American illustrators represented here are Jean de Brunhoff, the French originator of Babar and Jessie Willcox Smith, one of America’s leading illustrators from about 1890 to 1935. Born near Philadelphia, Smith studied under Thomas Eakins and Howard Pyle and was one of the first women to be inducted into the Society of Illustrators’ Hall of Fame. The work of Randolph Caldecott, Walter Denslow, and other well-known illustrators included in Draw Me Story is also represented in this exhibition selected from the permanent collection.

Within Hyde and Seek, a reading space,“The Inside Story,” welcomes our youngest visitors and their parents. The books found in the exhibition, as well as other well-known children’s books, will be available to read and enjoy.

We thank our exhibition sponsors and media sponsor for their support.

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Draw Me a Story was curated by artist and illustrator Leslie A. Przybylek, Curator of Humanities Exhibitions for Mid-America Arts Alliance in Kansas City, Missouri, and is organized by the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, CA. The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-American Arts Alliance.


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