The Original Art 2019 Exhibit

Founded in 1980 by illustrators’ agent and art director Dilys Evans, this exhibit showcases original art from the year’s best children’s books as determined by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors, and editors. The jury also selects Gold and Silver Medal recipients for the year’s exhibit.

The Original Art honors exceptional children’s book artists with two other awards each year. The Dilys Evans Founder's Award celebrates the year’s most promising new talent in the field. And the Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize artists whose body of work documents an innovative and pioneering contribution to the field. Nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Awards are put forward by past chairs of The Original Art, and the winners are selected by artists juried into the show in the past six years, past recipients of this award, and past chairs of The Original Art.

Selected books, medal recipients, and award winners will be announced following the jurying process in mid-August, and all award winners will be recognized and honored during the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony, held at the Society of Illustrators (128 East 63rd Street, NYC), on Thursday, November 14, beginning at 6:00 pm. Tickets are on sale for $25 members/ $30 nonmembers.

The Society will also be hosting several community events and programs in conjunction with the exhibit. Dates and descriptions will be posted soon.

Exhibit Info


November 13, 2019 to January 04, 2020

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