The Original Art 2016 Exhibit

The Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators is proud to present The Original Art, an annual exhibit celebrating the fine art of children’s book illustration, on display from October 26 through December 30, 2016.

Founded in 1980 by illustrators’ agent and art director Dilys Evans, this exhibit showcases the original art from the year’s best children’s books. The 2016 exhibit features books selected by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors, and editors.

Gold and Silver Medals representing the best books of the year are selected by the jurors. This year's Gold Medal is awarded to B. B. Cronin for The Lost House (Penguin Random House/ Viking Children's Books). A Silver Medal is awarded to Beth Krommes for Before Morning (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and to Daniel Miyares for Bring Me a Rock! (Simon & Schuster/ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers).

Lifetime Achievement Awards acknowledging one posthumous and one contemporary illustrator’s contributions to the field are selected by artists juried into The Original Art in the last five years. This year's Contemporary Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Ed Young. The Posthumous Award goes to Shel Silverstein. To learn more about the winners click here.

The Dilys Evans Founder’s Award celebrates the most promising new talent in children’s book illustration. This year's award goes to The Fan Brothers for The Night Gardener (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers).

The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held at the Society of Illustrators (128 East 63rd Street, NYC) at 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 27th. Tickets are on sale for $25 members/ $30 nonmembers. A prix-fixe dinner is available by reservation only in the Society’s historic Hall of Fame Dining Room immediately following the awards ceremony.