A Carnival of Animals
Beasts, Birds and Bugs in Original Illustrations from
Children's Books
From the Mazza Museum of The University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio
Cecil Aldin, "Smiling Cats" Portfolio, 1898 © Mazza Museum
Exhibition Summary
Curators: Dr. Jerry Mallett (Mazza) and Dr. Curtis Sandberg (Meridian)
Exhibit Tour: June 2000 - January 2004
Content: 80 illustrations of various mediums; including the works of both International and U.S. based artists (view a sampling of images)
To Consider Hosting this Show, Contact: csandber@meridian.org
General Information: tkharvey@meridian.org

New !!! Online Teacher's Guide (In pdf format): This guide contains information about the exhibition, children's book illustration, art terms and techniques and provides teachers with educational activities for the classroom.

Based on the extraordinary success of our current traveling exhibition, Once Upon a Page: The Art of Children's Books, Meridian has joined forces with the Mazza Museum in Findlay, Ohio, to create a new exhibit.  This delightful collection, entitled A Carnival of Animals: Beasts, Birds and Bugs in original Illustrations from Children's Books, features depictions of walking, swimming, crawling and flying creatures from all seven continents.  It contains works by artists famous for their contributions to children's literature, as well as representations by illustrators from other countries and examples drawn from Mazza's historic holdings.

This visually diverse presentation is augmented by a full-color catalogue and poster, a teachers' guide and an explanatory video.  Many books for which the illustrations were created accompany the show.  Designed to inform viewers of various media used by illustrators, the process by which art is transformed to the printed page, and artists' approaches to perspective, A Carnival of Animals is an ideal vehicle for partnerships with local schools, libraries, community organizations and businesses.  Links can also be made to zoos, natural history museums and environmental groups.

Tour Schedule

March 3 - May 7, 2000 Meridian International Center (Washington, D.C.)

June 30 - August 25, 2000
ArtCentre of Plano (Plano, TX)

September 11 - November 3, 2000 High Point Public Library
(High Point, NC)

November 20 - January 19, 2001 The Monmouth Museum
(Lincroft, NJ)

February 5 - March 30, 2001 Bergstrom-Mahler Museum
(Neenah, WI)

April 16 - June 15, 2001
Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst
(Mount Vernon, IL )

July 2 - August 24, 2001
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History; University of Oklahoma
(Norman, OK)

September 10 - November 2, 2001
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
(Beaumont, TX )

November 19 - January 11, 2002 South Bend Regional Museum of Art
(South Bend, IN)

January 28 - March 22, 2002
Ouachita Parish Public Library; Masur Museum of Art (Monroe, LA)

April 8, 2002 - May 31, 2002
Rahr-West Art Museum
(Manitowoc, WI)

June 17, 2002 - August 9, 2002 Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts
( Duluth, GA)

August 26 - October 18, 2002 The National Museum of Wildlife Art
( Jackson Hole, WY)

November 4 - January 3, 2003
Queens Library Gallery
(Jamaica, NY)

April 7 - May 30, 2003 Newport News Public Library; Peninsula Fine Arts Cen
ter (Newport News, VA)

June 16 - September 2, 2003 The Hickory Musum of Art (Hickory, NC)

September 16 - January 9, 2004 Greenville County Museum of Art (Greenville, SC)

January 23 - April 21, 2004 Ohio Arts Councilís Riffe Gallery (Columbus, OH)

April 28 - October 8, 2004 The Massillon Museum (Massillon, OH)

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