Wendell Minor is considered one of our nation’s premier historical illustrators. He travels throughout the United States to research, draw and paint on location, and immerse himself in the subject at hand.
The Norman Rockwell Museum is celebrating the artist’s four-decade career, highlighting his many cover illustrations and 25th anniversary illustrating children’s books, each inspired by his love of history, art, science, and the natural world. Wendell Minor’s America is on view at the museum through May 26, 2014.
The exhibit traces the Minor’s artistic journey through original artwork, artifacts, and references from his expansive visual chronicles, as well as commentary about his collaborations with our nation’s most prominent authors, scientists, and historians.
This year through a partnership with 15Love and the Denise McCoy Legacy Award they will honor two renowned children’s authors: Caldecott winner Jerry Pinkney and humorist Tommy Greenwald. Jerry Pinkney will receive the Schimmer Lifetime Achievement Award and Tommy Greenwald will receive the Denise McCoy Legacy Award. They are also partnering with the R Michelson Gallery in Northampton, MA. Richard Michelson will be bringing several pieces of original artwork that will be on display throughout the festival.
Here now to tell us more are Karen Schimmer, Children’s Book Festival founder and Albany Academies Librarian; and afore mentioned Caldecott winning illustrator, Jerry Pinkney.
For the very first time, Mo Willems, who is a phenomenon in the world of children’s books, is retelling a fairytale as only he can. With a hilariously arch narrator, a sassy Goldilocks, clever visual jokes, and of course, dinosaurs, this telling feels completely fresh—but with a nod to the classics.