50 Years of Children's Book Illustration Featured in the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts' "Fantastic Rumpus" Exhibition

Posted: December 9, 2013

For Immediate Release -

Peter McCarty,

50 Years of Children's Book Illustration Featured in the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts' "Fantastic Rumpus" Exhibition

On December 14, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will open its Fantastic Rumpus exhibition, featuring 120 illustrations by 31 artists. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Opening Celebration will showcase story time in the galleries and hands-on art activities. Michigan author and illustrator Matt Faulkner will also be on hand to read from his book, The Monster Who Ate My Peas, talk about his career, create some drawings for the audience and sign books.

Opening Celebration
December 14, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Members: $2, Non-Members: $5 (adults and children)
About the Exhibition
From December 14 to February 9, children and adults will be delighted by original children's book illustrations from 1963 to the present. The Fantastic Rumpus exhibition is based on the four groundbreaking components identified with Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are -honest depiction of children's emotions, "wild things" and monsters, portals through which reality becomes fantasy and unique page and book design. Representing some of the world's best-known children's book illustrators, this exhibition hosts nine author/illustrators from the New York Post's list of the 100 most requested children's books.
Highlights include:
- Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
- Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
- Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story From China by Ed Young
- Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon

The exhibition has been organized by the Appleton Museum of Art of the College of Central Florida, Ocala, Florida.

Sponsored by: Stryker and the Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation

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The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes and free-admission programming, including exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts for the communities of West Michigan.