On Saturday I visited Messiah College to celebrate their latest original picture book art acquisition from my first picture book BIRD, written by Zetta Elliott. Over the years I have had a few inquiries about the original art for Bird, but I always declined because I wanted to keep the artwork together.
The Ruth E. Engle Collection was a special case for me because it also contains original artwork from first published books by my dearest friends, Jonathan Bean and Taeeeun Yoo and artwork from Lauren Castillo‘s, A Boy, A Mouse, and a Spider, the E.B. White Story. Jonathan, Taeeun, Lauren and I all attended SVA together in the pursuit of our kidlit dreams. It means a lot to know that our work gets to live side by side encapsulating a very special time in our lives as artists.
Dedicated in April 2004, this Collection of original picture book art by award-winning illustrators was begun with gifts given to Friends of Murray Library in memory of Ruth Engle, a charter member who also served on its Board. New artworks are added to the Collection annually, purchased with gifts from Friends and donors. The illustrations–currently 31 in number–reflect a variety of media, styles, and subjects, and include works by illustrators from Australia, China, Mali, Korea and Russia, as well as the USA.
Jess Stork GlicoesMay 20, 2022
Bird has always been one of my favorite books of yours…I’m excited that more people will get a chance to see the original artwork for it in person.