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Get the Picture! Contemporary Children’s Book Illustration

July 1, 2016 to October 9, 2016
Illustration from Draw! by Raúl Colón (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2014) Image courtesy R. Michelson Galleries

Illustration from Draw! by Raúl Colón (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2014) Image courtesy R. Michelson Galleries

Illustration by Sophie Blackall for Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, written by Lindsay Mattick (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015)  © Sophie Blackall

Illustration by Sophie Blackall for Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, written by Lindsay Mattick (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015). © Sophie Blackall

Illustration by Bryan Collier for Trombone Shorty, written by Troy Andrews (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015)

Illustration by Bryan Collier for Trombone Shorty, written by Troy Andrews (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015)

Illustration by Marla Frazee for Is Mommy?, written by Victoria Chang (Beach Lane Books, 2015)

Illustration by Marla Frazee for Is Mommy?, written by Victoria Chang (Beach Lane Books, 2015)

SAM & DAVE DIG A HOLE. Text copyright © 2014 by Mac Barnett. Illustrations copyright © 2014 by Jon Klassen. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

SAM & DAVE DIG A HOLE. Text copyright © 2014 by Mac Barnett. Illustrations copyright © 2014 by Jon Klassen. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

Illustration by Melissa Sweet for A Splash of Red: The Art and Life of Horace Pippin, written by Jen Bryant (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013)

Illustration by Melissa Sweet for A Splash of Red: The Art and Life of Horace Pippin, written by Jen Bryant (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013)

Illustration for Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013)

Illustration for Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013)

Illustration for The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems (Disney-Hyperion, 2014)

Illustration for The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems (Disney-Hyperion, 2014)

From the sublime to the ridiculous, with remarkable creativity and wit, children’s picture book art appeals to young and old alike.

This exhibition, organized by the Brandywine River Museum of Art and guest curated by H. Nichols B. Clark, features an exciting selection of contemporary paintings and drawings created by eight of the most renowned artists currently working the field: Sophie Blackall, Bryan Collier, Raúl Colón, Marla Frazee, Jon Klassen, Melissa Sweet, David Wiesner and Mo Willems. The works reveal the artists’ broad spectrum of working methods and subject matter, as well as the ever-increasing inclusiveness in the field of children’s book illustration. Get the Picture! Contemporary Children’s Book Illustration brings the museum’s long-standing commitment to the history and traditions of children’s illustration to the present day.


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Programs

For a list of programs that include artist appearances and book signings, visit our events page.

Museum Explorers Family Workshops
Thursday mornings in July & August, 10 & 11 a.m.

New theme each week with activities inspired by the exhibition. For ages 2–8 with a grown up.

Illustrated Worlds: A Conversation with David Wiesner and H. Nichols B. Clark
Wednesday, July 13, 6–8 p.m.
$15 members; $20 non-members

Enjoy a lively discussion of contemporary children’s book illustration with three-time Caldecott winning illustrator David Wiesner and guest curator H. Nichols B. Clark. Book signing and reception to follow.

Finding Winnie Read-Aloud Pajama Night
Tuesday, July 19, 6–8 p.m.
$6 per person for members and their children; $15 adults, $8 children non-members

Children are invited to wear pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed friends to listen to the Caldecott Award-winning book about the true story of Winnie the Pooh.

Get the Picture! Gallery Talk
Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 2 p.m.
Free with admission

Join Christine Podmaniczky, curator of N.C. Wyeth Collections and Historic Properties, for an illuminating discussion of contemporary children’s book illustration.

Reading Picture Books with Children
Parent and Teacher Program

Monday, July 25, 6–8 p.m.
$15 members; $20 non-members

Get ready to shake up storytime! Megan Dowd Lambert, senior lecturer in children’s literature at Simmons College, will discuss an exciting, interactive alternative to the traditional read aloud. Book signing and reception to follow.

PNC Arts Alive First Sundays for Families
Sunday, August 7, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Free admission

Enjoy hands-on creative art activities and storytelling.

Inspired to Draw! with Raúl Colón
Sunday, August 7, 12:30 p.m.
Free

The award-winning illustrator will discuss the creative process behind Draw! Based on his childhood, this imaginative and wordless book takes the reader on an exciting adventure through a young boy’s mind. Book signing to follow.

Illustrator and Author: Talking about Collaboration with Melissa Sweet and Jen Bryant
Wednesday, August 10, 6–8 p.m.
$15 members; $20 non-members

Learn about the dynamic creative process behind their award-winning picture books. Book signing and reception to follow.

Get the Picture! Gallery Talk
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 2 p.m.
Free with admission

Join Christine Podmaniczky, curator of N.C. Wyeth Collections and Historic Properties, for an illuminating discussion of contemporary children’s book illustration.

PNC Arts Alive First Sundays for Families
Sunday, October 2, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Free admission

Enjoy hands-on creative art activities and storytelling.


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Support for this exhibition has been provided by Wilmington Trust and Morris and Boo Stroud.

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