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The Lifetime Achievement Awards were established in 2005 by past chairs of The Original Art. Nominees must be judged to have a body of work that documents an innovative and pioneering contribution to the field of children's book illustration, and final selection is made by artists whose work has been juried into the previous year's show. Two awards are given annually: one posthumously and one to a living illustrator.

2020: Roger Duvoisin
2020 The Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award: Roger Duvoisin Roger Duvoisin (1904–1980) was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and in 1927, moved to New York for a job in textile design. When the company folded, he decided to publish a book…
2020: Allen Say
2020 The Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award: Allen Say Allen Say was born in 1937 in Yokohama, Japan. When he was twelve, he apprenticed himself to his favorite cartoonist, Noro Shinpei. He learned to draw and paint under his mentor’s…

Previous Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

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