The Turn of the Page curated by Pat Cummings
Central Library, Foyer Gallery Cases
This exhibition is displayed in the Foyer and Balcony Cases.
Award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Pat Cummings features some of her original artwork along with work by former students and illustrators she has mentored.
Additional artists: David Ezra Stein (Interrupting Chicken), Shadra Strickland (Bird), You Byun (Dream Friends), Lisa Anchin (A Penguin Named Patience), Aram Kim (Cat on the Bus), Kae Nishimura (A Baby Born in Spring), Evan Turk (The Storyteller), and Annie Won (The Whispering Rabbit).
This exhibition features some of my original artwork as well as a selection of illustrations from my former students and illustrators I have mentored. They are some of today’s most imaginative and award-winning creators of children’s books.
My influences include: Every illustrator whose work I like. The photographs I’ve clipped to my drawing table. Colors and sights in the street and on the road. Children I’ve known. Skyscapes. Reading. Music. Film. Family. And friends.
Pat Cummings, a professor at both Pratt Institute—where she received her BFA in communication design—and Parsons School of Design, used art as a way to make friends as a kid. She is also a children’s book illustrator (I Need a Lunchbox, C Is for City) and author (Carousel, Harvey Moon Museum Boy), and the editor of Talking with Artists and Talking with Adventurers. Cummings is Brooklyn Public Library’s Katowitz Radin Artist-in-Residence.
Related Turn of the Page Exhibition Programs:
Dreaming with Friends, with You Byun & Pat Cummings
The wildly imaginative, emotionally rich and visually surprising realm of dreams is a wonderful jumping off point for creating a story.
Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 11 am, in the Dweck Center
Turn of the Page: Let’s Get on the Bus with Aram Kim
Get on the bus as your imagination takes a ride and you create the canvas. Joined by fellow passenger and cat companion, re-create one of the spreads from the book as you design a storefront that you would like to see while riding along looking out the window.
Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 11 am, in the Dweck Center
Storytelling Collage, with Evan Turk & Pat Cummings
Storytelling from around the world. A picture can prompt a whole story (it’s worth at least 500 words in a picture book anyway). Using postcards from around the world, everyone would try to shape a story based on the image they choose.
Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 11 am, in the Dweck Center
An Artist's Shopping Spree, with Shadra Strickland & Pat Cummings
Artists often collect things they plan to draw when illustrating a story. Working with a suggested theme, kids would draw or cut out (from images we would bring) items that might appear in a story based on one of the themes.
Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 11 am, in the Dweck Center