National Museum of Wildlife Art

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Once Upon A Page: The Art of Children's Books


"Once Upon A Page: The Art of Children's Books," an exhibition featuring original artwork by famous children's book illustrators, will be on exhibit at The National Museum of Wildlife Art through September 17, 2000.

This exhibition will showcase selections from the Mazza Collection of the University of Findlay, in Findlay, Ohio. This collection was originally established by Dr. August Mazza and his wife Aleda Pfost Mazza, both graduates of Findlay College (now the University of Findlay), as part of the University's centennial celebration in 1982. The Mazza Collection now contains over 1000 original illustrations, both historic and contemporary, aiding teachers in the classroom and inspiring children to read. The collection is also used as a teaching tool in the University's Elementary Education and Children' s Book Illustration programs. (left: E. Mihailovich Rachev, The Fox and the Wolf)

Now on its inaugural nation-wide tour, "Once Upon A Page" includes 67 illustrations chosen by Dr. Jerry Mallett, director of the Mazza Collection. Dr. Mallett is a nationally recognized authority on children's literature and has published more than 50 books including Good Old Ernie and Good Day, Blue Goose. Encouraging both children and adults to read has been the foundation of his career. "Reading together," says Dr. Mallett, "is one of the warmest activities for a family to enjoy, and something you don't get with television."

"Once Upon A Page" represents both American and international artists and features familiar stories such as Alexander the Great and Goldilocks and The Three Bears. The illustrations depict a variety of creatures and characters including rabbits, frogs, otters, bears, cows, foxes, wolves and angels. Among the featured artists are Dorothy Lethrop, first recipient of the Caldecott Medal in 1938; William Pene du Bois; Maurice Sendak; Tasha Tudor; and Wendy Watson.

This exhibition is organized from the Mazza Collection at The University of Findlay and circulated by the Meridian International Center Traveling exhibition Service of Washington D.C. "Once Upon A Page is locally sponsored by Pam & Jim Crowe, an Anonymous Friend, the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation, Sally & Bob Phinny, and Bill & Joyce Sullivan and Family.

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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