THE ORIGINAL ART - Celebrating the Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration
BCBF is proud to welcome this special exhibition which honours 43 years of extraordinary illustration featuring 49 beautiful pieces from the Society of Illustration’s 2023 show in New York, together with the children’s books they represent.
The Original Art is an annual exhibit created to showcase illustrations from the year’s best children’s books published in the United States. For illustrators, it’s a unique opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for the art they create. For editors and art directors, it’s a treasure trove of talent to discover and draw upon. Founded by painter, art director, and artists’ representative Dilys Evans, The Original Art was first exhibited in 1980 at the Master Eagle Gallery in New York City. On display was the work of a wide variety of artists, some well-known and well-loved, some newcomers to the field. Then in 1990, the show found a permanent home at the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.
Books are selected for the show by a jury of outstanding children’s book illustrators, art directors, and editors.