The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas is presenting Golden Kite Golden Dreams: the SCBWI Awards Retrospective. This amazing exhibit curated by David Diaz features Golden Kite Medal and Honor Winners from 1974 to 2010 and is the first retrospective of its kind.
The exhibit features artwork from an array of prestigious, influential and talented artists, many of whom are also Caldecott Award Winners. Media range from ink, pencil, acrylic, gouache, and watercolors to cut paper. The exhibit displays 75 pieces of artwork from 50 artists. Check out this list:
Keith Baker, Kristen Balouch, Carlyn Beccia, Barbara Helen Berger, Holly Berry, Jean Cassels, Tim Coffey, Gregory Christie, Larry Day, Diane de Groat, Tomie dePaola, Donna Diamond, Marla Frazee, Ponder Goembel, Kevin Hawkes, Trina Schart Hyman, Erick Ingraham, Kathy Jacobi, Susan Jeffers, William Joyce, Beth Krommes, Barbara LaVallee, Carol Lerner, Loren Long, Suse MacDonald, Laura McGee Kvasnosky, Barbara McClintock, Charles Mikolaycak, Lauren Mills, Yuyi Morales, Dennis Nolan, John Parra, Jerry Pinkney, Alice Provensen, Robert Sabuda, David Shannon, Uri Shulevitz, Aki Sogabe, Janet Stevens, Lauren Stringer, Lynn Sweat, Melissa Sweet, Amy Walrod, Richard Jesse Watson, Kurt Werth, Don Wood, Hyewon YumThe Golden Kite Award, which was instituted in 1974, is given annually by SCBWI to recognize excellence in children’s literature in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, and Picture Book Illustration. Golden Kite Awards are the only children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers. With this exhibit SCBWI hopes to bring the Golden Kite winning artwork to a wide audience.
Golden Kite, Golden Dreams runs July 8th through October 1st at the NCCIL, with an opening event Thursday, July 8th, featuring a demonstration from two visiting illustrators and a talk on the Golden Kite Award by Lin Oliver and Steve Mooser. There's an exhibit opening gala dinner on Friday, July 9th, during which NCCIL Museum Director Debbie Lillick, David Diaz and Lin and Steve will share a few words. And Saturday, July 10th, will be a day of exhibit events and talks welcoming SCBWI members, including demonstrations by Barbara McClintock and Richard Jesse Watson.
Visit the NCCIL website for more information.
(If you're not in the Abilene area the Hilton Garden Inn in Abilene is offering a rate of $99 per night, with a made to order breakfast included.)