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Past Exhibitions

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Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books

April 15–August 7, 2022

Born in Australia and raised in Northern Ireland, Oliver Jeffers is an award-winning artist and author working in painting, bookmaking, illustration, collage, performance, and sculpture. From his 2004 debut How to Catch a Star to his more recent titles such as 2017’s Here We Are, his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and sold more than fourteen million copies worldwide.

This retrospective exhibition showcases nearly one hundred artworks, some never seen, including original line drawings, sketches, and finished illustrations, from sixteen of Jeffers’s picture books, including the wildly popular The Day the Crayons Quit and its sequel, The Day the Crayons Came Home; Here We Are; The Incredible Book Eating Boy; and Once Upon an Alphabet.

The exhibition is organized into six sections, focused on Jeffers’s artistic process, character development, and storytelling. They will also highlight some of Jeffers’s most popular book series, including those that explore the secret lives of crayons and the relationship dynamics of the Huey family, who are inspired by Jeffers’s childhood.

In addition to engaging graphics and design elements, the galleries will feature a few reading areas where families can dig deeper into the stories.

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Organization and Support

Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books is organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature.

Major funding for this exhibition is provided by the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation.

This exhibition is made possible by

Premier Exhibition Series Sponsor

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Premier Exhibition Series Supporters
ACT Foundation, Inc.
Sarah and Jim Kennedy
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot
Dr. Joan H. Weens Estate

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Harry Norman

Benefactor Exhibition Series Supporters
Robin and Hilton Howell

Ambassador Exhibition Supporters
The Antinori Foundation
Corporate Environments
The Arthur R. and Ruth D. Lautz Charitable Foundation
Elizabeth and Chris Willett

Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
Farideh and Al Azadi
Sandra and Dan Baldwin
The Ron and Lisa Brill Family Charitable Trust
Lucinda W. Bunnen
Marcia and John Donnell
Mrs. Peggy Foreman
Helen C. Griffith
Mrs. Fay S. Howell/The Howell Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones
Joel Knox and Joan Marmo
Dr. Joe B. Massey
Margot and Danny McCaul
Wade Rakes and Nicholas Miller
The Fred and Rita Richman Fund
In Memory of Elizabeth B. Stephens by Powell Stephens, Preston Stephens, and Sally Stephens Westmoreland
USI Insurance Services
Mrs. Harriet H. Warren

Generous support is also provided by
Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Isobel Anne Fraser–Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Katherine Murphy Riley Special Exhibition Endowment Fund, Margaretta Taylor Exhibition Fund, and the RJR Nabisco Exhibition Endowment Fund.