Drawn in Brooklyn

Drawn in Brooklyn (Grand Lobby)

September 21, 2010 - January 23, 2011
Central Library, Grand Lobby
Drawn in Brooklyn

curated by John Bemelmans Marciano

Brooklyn has the greatest concentration of children's book illustrators on the planet. The 34 artists presented here do not represent the exhaustive collection, but they are a strong sampling of the borough's talent. Their diversity of cultures, nationalities and professional backgrounds mirrors the extraordinary mix of Brooklyn, and it can be seen in their unique visual vocabulary. The artists range from those who have published their first book to honored luminaries with decades-worth of books and awards to their credit.

This survey presents images created for the printed page. They were intended to illuminate stories and delight and exercise the minds of children, but each picture stands alone as a work of art.

Featured Illustrators:

"Panel Discussion: My Inspiration" - John Bemelmans Marciano, R. Gregory Christie, Sophie Blackall, John Rocco, and Melanie Cecka
Central Library - Dweck Center
Sunday, September 26, 2010, 2:00 p.m.

John Bemelmans Marciano, headshot John Bemelmans Marciano is the author and illustrator of several children's books, including Madeline and the Cats of Rome, Harold's Tail and Delilah, as well as the popular word book Anonyponymous. He earned a B.A. in art history from Columbia University. An artist and self-professed word geek, he lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn, with his wife, daughter and two cats.

Photograph of John Bemelmans Marciano by Andromache Chalfant

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