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Exhibition of Artwork by Award-Winning Children’s Book Illustrators

Exhibition of Artwork by Award-Winning Children’s Book Illustrators

TNCJ’s fall exhibition, Visual Voyage: Exploring the Media and Styles of Award Winning Children’s Book Illustrators, on view from October 22 through December 14, will present more than 50 works of art by renowned picture book artists, including Mary Azarian, Eric Carle, Floyd Cooper, Gérard DuBois, Trina Schart Hyman, Steve Jenkins, Leo Lionni, Ted Lewin, E. B. Lewis, Emily Arnold McCully, Brian Pinkney, Jerry Pinkney, Peggy Rathmann, Jan Reynolds, Faith Ringgold, William Steig, Duncan Tonatiuh, Chris Van Allsburg, David Wisniewski, and Paul O. Zelinsky

Four basic elements make a picture book—a format unique to children’s literature—distinctive: story, pictures, style, and format. Pictures and style are featured in this exhibit.Pictures, of course, are self-explanatory, but they are never just lines or brush strokes on a page. Committees that award the Caldecott Medal, the top prize for an American illustrator for a work completed in the previous year, have guidelines that state that illustrations in a picture book must be appropriate, flow seamlessly and work together with the text. An illustrator’s style and color palette must complement the story, i.e., must complete the story and not fight it, overwhelm it, or denigrate it. The illustrator’s style lies in how he or she approaches his/her craft. Styles can be realistic, surrealist, impressionist, expressionist or naïve. The artist’s means of expression is also reflected in the choice of medium. The media choices an artist makes often determine whether a picture book works or falls flat. Watercolors, oils, acrylics, collage, or photographs are a few ways in which illustrators bring stories to life.

Floyd Cooper, Max and the Tag-Along Moon

Floyd Cooper, Max and the Tag-Along Moon, 2013

The artists featured in the exhibit are known internationally and represent the highest caliber of children’s book illustrators reflected in the number of whom have been awarded Caldecott Medals and Honor Medals; Coretta Scott King Medals and Honor Medals, Pura Belpré Medals and Honor Medals, plus a myriad of other awards too numerous to list.

The curator of the exhibition is Dr. Deborah Thompson, Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at TCNJ. On Wednesday, October 22, at 4:00 p.m., Nick Clark, Chief Curator of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, will speak about Invention and Appropriation in 20th-century Picture Book Art, prior to the exhibition opening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. On Friday, November 7, at 12:30 p.m., E. B. Lewis will talk about his career as an artist and award-winning illustrator. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with a scholarly essay by Dr. Barbara Kiefer, the Charlotte S. Huck Professor of Children’s Literature at Ohio State University.

All TCNJ Art Gallery exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public.

Art Alumni Exhibition to Open on Wednesday, September 3

Art Alumni Exhibition to Open on Wednesday, September 3

TCNJ’s Art Gallery is pleased to present the 2014 Art Alumni Exhibition on view from September 3 through October 9, 2014. The juror for the exhibition is Sara Reisman, Independent Curator and Director of New York City’s Percent for Art Program. More than 200 artworks were submitted for the exhibition, from which 40 works byContinue Reading

TCNJ Second Statewide K-12 Exhibition on View June 1-22

TCNJ Second Statewide K-12 Exhibition on View June 1-22

For the second year in a row, TCNJ is recognizing exemplary artwork created by New Jersey’s K-12 students, and showcasing innovative lessons designed by the state’s talented art teachers. The exhibition, titled Art, Innovation, and Ideas, is on view in TCNJ’s Art Gallery from June 1 through June 22, with a special reception on Sunday,Continue Reading

White Noise – Senior BFA Exhibition on View April 30 to May 16

White Noise – Senior BFA Exhibition on View April 30 to May 16

The Department of Art and Art History and the Art Gallery are pleased to present White Noise, the 2014 Senior BFA exhibition, on view from April 30 through May 16. This exhibition of graduating fine arts and digital arts majors explores a wide range of themes from pageantry to escapism and mediums from animal skinsContinue Reading

Exhibition of Afghan Art on View March 5 through April 17

Exhibition of Afghan Art on View March 5 through April 17

The Art Gallery is very pleased to present Art Amongst War: Visual Culture in Afghanistan, 1979 – 2014, an interdisciplinary exhibition and series of five public programs that will examine the effects of 35 years of war in Afghanistan on the visual culture of the country. The year 2014 marks 35 years since the 1979Continue Reading

Ruane Miller Exhibition On View Through February 20

Ruane Miller Exhibition On View Through February 20

Through the Window of My Mind . . . Ruane Miller, Paintings & Prints will be on view in the Art Gallery from January 23 through February 20. This retrospective exhibition of forty-six works of art created during the past fifteen years, is presented on the occasion of Miller’s retirement as Professor of Digital ArtContinue Reading

Video Cubano on View at TCNJ Art Gallery October 23 through December 15

Video Cubano on View at TCNJ Art Gallery October 23 through December 15

The College of New Jersey is pleased to present Video Cubano, an exhibition of 22 videos created by Cuban artists during the past ten years, many of which have never before been presented to an audience in the United States. The exhibition, which will be on view in TCNJ’s Art Gallery from October 23 throughContinue Reading

TCNJ Faculty Exhibition on View September 3 through October 10, 2013

TCNJ Faculty Exhibition on View September 3 through October 10, 2013

The Art Gallery is pleased to present Dialogue Past, Present, Future: TCNJ Faculty Exhibition 2013, an exhibition of recent artwork by TCNJ faculty exploring issues related to the College’s year-long theme of “constructing the past.” Artists in the exhibition include Anita Allyn, Betsy Alwin, Chung Chak, Lynn DeClemente, Kenneth Kaplowitz, Elizabeth Mackie, Jay Muhlin, BillContinue Reading

K-12 Student Art Exhibition on View During June 2013

K-12 Student Art Exhibition on View During June 2013

TCNJ is pleased to present a juried exhibition of 120 artworks by K-12 students from throughout New Jersey.Continue Reading

Senior BFA Thesis Exhibition on View April 24 through May 16

Senior BFA Thesis Exhibition on View April 24 through May 16

Artist Talks, Wednesday, May 1, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Opening Reception, Sunday, May 5, 12:00-3:00 p.m. For more exhibition information visit www.tcnjthirteen.com.Continue Reading

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