Published: July 15, 2003
The Bruce Museum of Arts and Science will present “Wendell Minor’s America the Beautiful: Celebrating 15 Years of Picture Book Art” from August 2 through November 2.
An award-winning artist-illustrator, Minor celebrates his 15-year career in children’s book illustration with this exhibition of 38 original paintings from 26 books. On display are three paintings from this Connecticut-based artist’s most recent publication, America the Beautiful, the classic American poem by Katharine Lee Bates, which was released in May of this year.
The exhibition showcases the original art that Minor has produced specifically for children’s picture books over the past 15 years. Paintings for books by some of the most beloved children’s authors including Jean Craighead George (Morning, Noon and Night, Cliff Hanger, Artic Son, and Snow Bear), Diane Siebert (Mojave, Heartland and Sierra), and Eve Bunting (Red Fox Running and We Were There) are featured.
Also on view are illustrations for such classics as The Red Badge of Courage, The Call of the Wild and Shane. This exhibition will be held in the museum’s Bantle Lecture Gallery and may have limited viewing hours due to public programs taking place. Call 203-869-0376 for information.
Minor’s art is not limited to children’s book illustration. He has provided illustrations for nearly 2,000 works, among them the best sellers Truman, by David McCullough; The Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy; Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café; by Fannie Flagg; Alaska, by James Michener; and Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry. His numerous collaborations with authors of children’s books have led to his own forays as author-illustrator and resulted in Pumpkin Heads! and the nature book Grand Canyon: Exploring a Natural Wonder. Several paintings for those books are on display in the exhibition.
After completing his studies at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla., Minor began creating original designs for book publishers in New York City. Over the years he has received more than 200 awards for his paintings and cover art. Four of his books have been selected for the John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers, and Charlotte Zolotow’s The Seashore Book was selected as a “Reading Rainbow Book.”
Other honors for his books include the John and Patricia Beatty Award and the Parents’ Choice Award. His books have also been recognized as ALA Booklist Editor’s Choices, as Smithsonian Magazine Notable Books for Children, and as Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children’s Book Council (NSTA/CBC).
His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Norman Rockwell Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Muskegon Museum of Art, Mazza Museum of Art, Museum of American Illustration, Dodd Center at the University of Connecticut, Library of Congress and the NASA Art Collection at the John F. Kennedy Space Center.
Minor currently resides in Washington, Conn., with his wife and business partner Florence Friedmann Minor.
The museum is at 1 Museum Drive. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm, and closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $5. For information, www.brucemuseum.org, or 203-869-0376.
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