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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.

2023: William Joyce
William Joyce is a natural-born storyteller—an author, artist, and filmmaker who has found many creative ways to reach an audience of all ages. He had an early start writing and…
2023: Dahlov Ipcar
Dahlov Ipcar (1917–2017) was an award-winning illustrator and author, as well as a prolific and accomplished fine artist. Best known for her colorful, kaleidoscopic paintings of animals, she also created…

Previous Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

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