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.

This year's Silver Medal winners are Frank Morrison for The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip Hop (Little Bee Books) and Sydney Smith for Small in the City (Holiday House/ Neal Porter Books). The Gold Medal is awarded to Melissa Castrillon for The Balcony (Simon & Schuster/ Paula Wiseman Books).

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. The 2019 jury has selected Chris Sasaki for Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist (Random House Children's Books/ Schwartz & Wade Books).

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. This year's recipients will be announced in the coming month. 

A full list of featured artists can be found online here. 

Selected books, medal recipients, and 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 non-members. 

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

Image credit information:

Gold Medal 
Melissa Castrillon
The Balcony
Simon & Schuster/ Paula Wiseman Books
Art Director: Lizzy Bromley
Editor: Paula Wiseman
Author: Melissa Castrillon
Medium: Pencil, then colored digitally

Silver Medal
Frank Morrison
The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip Hop
Little Bee Books
Art Director: Rob Wall
Editor: Brett Duquette
Author: Carol Boston Weatherford
Medium: Oil paint and spray paint

Silver Medal
Sydney Smith
Small in the City
Holiday House
Neal Porter Books
Art Director: Lisa Lee
Editor: Neal Porter
Author: Sydney Smith
Medium: Watercolor, ink, gouache

The Dilys Evans Founder's Award
Chris Sasaki
Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist
Random House Children's Books
Schwartz & Wade Books
Art Director: Rachael Cole
Editor: Anne Schwartz
Author: Julie Leung
Medium: Digital 


Exhibit Info


November 13, 2019 to January 04, 2020