Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations

Young At Art exhibition at Chelsea District Library

CDL’s exclusive virtual tour of Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Award-Winning Illustrations is available through October 31!

During September, the Chelsea District Library  hosted Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations, an exhibition featuring beautiful artwork from children’s picture books. 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.

Selection of Illustrations from the Exhibition

Artist Credits (Left to right):
Paul Goble (b.1933), Lost in the Canyon, 1984; watercolor, 10 x 5 1/2 inches; Courtesy of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University
Gail Haley (b. 1939), A Story, A Story, 1970; relief, 10 1/4 x 20 3/4 inches; Courtesy of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University
Robert Lawson (1892-1957), Little Red Hen, ink, 4 x 6 inches; Courtesy of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University
Leonard Weisgard (1916–2000), Mother Hen,
c 1947; acrylic, 15 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches; Courtesy of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University
Marcia Brown (1918-2015), Once a Mouse, 1961; relief, 9 3/4 x 18 1/2 inches; Courtesy of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University
Chris Van Allsburg (b. 1949), Jumanji, 1980; graphite, 15 1/2 x 17 inches; Courtesy of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University

Online! Young at Art: A Children’s Book Illustrator at Work

Local author and multi-media artist Jennifer Carson recorded a time-lapse video while she painted a sloth using watercolor paints. It took her 7 hours to paint, and you can watch it happen in less than 7 minutes in the video above. The artist also joined Adult Librarian Laura Brown for a live Q&A art demonstration. Her finished artwork is a painting of a dog catching a frisbee, shown below. Jennifer’s art also appeared in the exhibition illustrating her creative process, beginning with thumb-nail sketches, developing ideas in a variety of sketches, and resulting in her completed fiber artwork.

Jennifer Carson watercolor
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Life Imitates Art Contest Entries
Check out these Life Imitates Art winning entries:
Hello Lighthouse by Alice Thiel and Elise Seyferth
Finding Winnie by Jane Thiel and Sadie Seyferth
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Exhibition Related Programs & Events

Even More Art in Chelsea!

Feeling inspired by this exhibition? Check out our Young at Art-related programming throughout the month of September!
Tuesday, Sep. 15 | Virtual Tween Book Club will read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (ages 9-12)
Saturday, Sep. 19 | SculptureWalk Guided Tour

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. Young at Art is a program of Exhibits USA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.