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The Original Art 2022: The Exhibit

October 26, 2022 - December 17, 2022

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.

Leo Espinosa (Gold Medal Winner), "The World Belonged To Us". Pencil, digital.

Zoë Tilley Poster (Silver Medal Winner), "The Night Wild". Brushed-on graphite powder, pencil, and eraser on paper. The lettering is done digitally.

Zahra Marwan (Dilys Evan Founder's Award), "Where Butterflies Fill the Sky". Ink and watercolor

Briana Mukodiri Uchendu (Silver Medal Winner). "The Talk." Digital

The 2022 Gold Medal is awarded to Leo Espinosa for The World Belonged To Us (Penguin Random House/ Nancy Paulsen Books). 2022 Silver Medals are awarded to Zoë Tilley Poster for The Night Wild (Penguin Random House, Dial Books for Young Readers) and to Briana Mukodiri Uchendu for The Talk (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/ A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book).

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 2020 jury has selected Zahra Marwan for Where Butterflies Fill the Sky (Bloomsbury Children’s 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 are Floyd Cooper and Faith Ringgold.

Works will be on display at the Society from October 26, 2022 – December 17, 2022. Featured books and award winners will be recognized and honored during the Awards Ceremony and Reception to be held on Thursday, November 10, beginning at 6:00 pm.

In addition, the Society will be hosting several community events and programs in conjunction with the exhibit. Dates and descriptions can be found on the Society’s Events Calendar.


October 26, 2022
December 17, 2022
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128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065 United States
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