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The Original Art Exhibit 2021

October 27 - December 29

Founded in 1980 by illustrators’ agent and art director Dilys Evans, this exhibit showcases original art from the year’s best children’s books as determined by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors, and editors. The jury also selects Gold and Silver Medal recipients for the year’s exhibit.

The 2021 Gold Medal is awarded to Decur for When You Look Up (Enchanted Lion Books). Silver medals are awarded to Floyd Cooper for Sprouting Wings: The True Story of James Herman Banning, the First African American Pilot to Fly Across the United States (Penguin Random House | Crown) and Evan Turk for The People’s Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art (ABRAMS | Abrams Books for Young Readers).

The Original Art honors exceptional children’s book artists in two other award categories each year.

The Dilys Evans Founder’s Award celebrates the year’s most promising new talent in the field. The 2021 jury has selected Anna Pirolli for Anonymouse (Tundra Books)

The Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize artists whose body of work documents an innovative and pioneering contribution to the field. Nominees in two categories, Contemporary and Posthumous, are put forward by past chairs of The Original Art. Then the winners are selected by artists whose work has been juried into the show in previous years. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners will be announced shortly.

The Society is currently reviewing guidelines and procedures for a possible in-person reception. More information will be posted in the next two weeks. Thank you for your patience!

To visit the exhibit at the Museum’s physical space, timed tickets may be purchased online. Walk-ins are also welcome! The Museum is open Wed through Saturday, 11:00am – 5:00pm.

All visitors 12 and older must show proof of vaccination. To keep our staff and the public safe, the Society is continuing to require face coverings for all visitors age two and older, even if you are vaccinated. Prepare for your visit by learning about our Safety Protocols…

Image credit info:

Decur
When You Look Up
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Art Director(s)/ Designer(s): Claudia Zoe Bedrick / Eugenia Mello
Editor(s): Claudia Zoe Bedrick & Chloe Garcia Roberts
Author: Decur
Medium: Acrylic paint, cut paper & pencil

Floyd Cooper
Sprouting Wings: The True Story of James Herman Banning, the First African American Pilot to Fly Across the United States
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Imprint: Crown
Art Director(s)/ Designer(s): Martha Rago
Editor(s): Phoebe Yeh
Author: Louisa Jaggar and Shari Becker
Medium: Oil paint on board

Evan Turk
The People’s Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art
Publisher: ABRAMS
Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Art Director(s)/ Designer(s): Pam Notarantonio
Editor(s): Emma Ledbetter
Author: Cynthia Levinson
Medium: Gouache, acrylic, pencil, chalk, and linoleum block prints

Anna Pirolli
Anonymouse
Publisher: Tundra Books
Art Director(s)/ Designer(s): John Martz
Editor(s): Samantha Swenson
Author: Vikki VanSickle
Medium: Digital

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Start:
October 27
End:
December 29
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Venue

At the Society
128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065 United States
Phone:
212-838-2560
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