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Rogers Historical Museum Presents Draw Me a Story A Century of Children’s Book Illustration

The Rogers Historical Museum presents Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration open April 9 through May 21, 2011.

A good children’s picture book still has the power to whisk young minds off to another time and place—even in today’s world of computer games and high-definition TV. Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration explores one hundred years of bold adventures, classic fairy tales, amazing animals, and imaginative ABCs, all seen through the eyes of forty-one artists who have created works especially for children. Originating from the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, Draw Me a Story features 40 original works of art and 13 books in a 130-year thematic and nostalgic journey through the history of children’s book illustrators and illustration techniques. Including such well-known artists as Ralph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway, W.W. Denslow, William Steig, Edward Ardizzone, Lois Lenski, Tomie DePaola, Maurice Sendak, Rosemary Wells, Patrick McDonnell, and Chris Van Allsburg, this exhibition explores the process of illustration and its evolution over time, from simple, traditional media to more experimental combinations of pen, pencil, paint, and ink. Not only do these images reveal the artist’s hand and mind at work, but also they offer glimpses into the social and aesthetic trends of different periods from the 1870s to 2006. Corporate sponsorship provided by Borders.

The Rogers Historical Museum serves not only Rogers but all of Northwest Arkansas, a rapidly growing region with a rich heritage and a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit. The RHM preserves that heritage and shares that spirit. The recipient of many state and national awards, the Rogers Historical Museum is among the fewer than five percent of museums in the nation accredited by the American Association of Museums.

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