The Edmond History Museum presents Young at Art
Through picture books, readers embark on visual journeys that engage all of the senses and encourage curious, imaginative, and thoughtful interactions with the world around them. Since 1938, the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, has recognized the significant impact of art on early reading experiences, awarding the Caldecott Medal for excellence in this area. Named in honor of 19th-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, the prestigious and coveted medal is awarded annually to the most distinguished American children’s picture book illustrator. The exhibition Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations includes original illustrations by Caldecott Medal recipients and ‘finalist’ honor books, as well as other illustrations by award-winning artists.
It opens on May 17 at the Edmond History Museum.
This exhibition of works from the permanent collection of the Wichita Falls Museum of Art celebrates the vision and talent of twenty-eight award-winning artists, including first Caldecott Prize winner Dorothy P. Lathrop (1938), two-time winner Chris Van Allsburg ( 1982, 1986), and Maurice Sendak (1964), whose work Where the Wild Things Are, like Jumanji and Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express, was adapted for the big screen. These illustrations are widely recognized not only as artistic classics of children’s literature, but also as the source of countless cherished memories for young and old.
The Caldecott Collection of Children’s Book Illustrations is part of the permanent collection of the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas. The museum has been collecting children’s book illustrations for more than fifty years. Curated by Danny Bills, Curator of Collections and Exhibits at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art, and organized by the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, Young at Art is part of ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. A program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance with Oklahoma Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts.
Exhibition: Young at Art: A Selection of Book Illustrations by Caldecott
Host organization: Edmond History Museum
Races: May 17 to June 18
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10:00-17:00; Saturday: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Location: 431 S. Boulevard, Edmond, OK 73034
Contact: 405-340-0078; www. edmondhistory.org
Special Events: Throughout the run of the exhibition, the museum will host a variety of special programs.
Gallery Adventures: Free program designed for children 5 and under. Introduce children to the joys of museums with our Gallery Adventures program. Programs will include an exploration activity in the museum gallery, story time and songs! May and June will be held in a traveling exhibition titled Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations.
May theme: Animal Extravaganza: May 19, 20, 21 at 10 a.m.
June theme: Transport station: June 11, 16, 17 at 10 a.m.
Pajama party with stuffed animals: June 3 at 7 p.m. On June 3 at 7 p.m., the Edmond History Museum presents a storybook theme for the popular stuffed animal sleepover! Participants will come to the museum at 7 p.m. for an hour of crafts and storytelling with their stuffed animals. Their stuffed animals will spend the night at the museum and explore Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations and behind the scenes of the museum. Registration is $2 per stuffed animal and is available at EdmondHistory.org
Youth quiz at the Museum: June 4 at 2 p.m. Visit the museum on June 4 at 2 p.m. for a children’s book quiz contest. This family trivia game will start at 2:00 p.m. and run until 2:45 p.m. Join us for the chance to show off your children’s book knowledge and win prizes.
Storybook Festival and Jumanji in the Park: On June 11 from 4 p.m. to dusk, join the museum for a storybook festival! This event will feature games, a costume parade and craft activities based on our favorite storybooks! Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite storybook character for the costume parade at 6 p.m. At dusk, join us for a free outdoor screening of Jumanji at Stephenson Park. Jumanji in the Park is presented by Healthcare Express and Downtown Edmond.
This exhibition is presented by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of the Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends more than twenty-five exhibits on tour to more than 100 small and medium-sized communities each year. These exhibits provide access to a range of artistic and human experiences, promote understanding of diverse cultures and art forms, and encourage the deepening and breadth of cultural life in local communities. To learn more about ExhibitsUSA, email [email protected] or visit www.eusa.org.
About the Mid-America Arts Alliance
Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) empowers and supports artists, cultural organizations and communities in our region and beyond. We achieve this primarily through our national traveling exhibition programs, innovative leadership development, and strategic grant making. We are particularly committed to enriching the cultural life of historically underserved communities by providing high quality, meaningful and accessible arts and culture programs and services. We believe in more art for more people. Additional information about the M-AAA is available at www.maaa.org.
About the Edmond Historical Society & Museum
Edmond Historical Society & Museum is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday. Free entry.