David Diaz kicks off the "Twenty Years of Art" exhibition festivities!

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Twenty Years Ago
September 11, 1997. The Museums of Abilene. The newly incorporated National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas opened it's first exhibition: Going Home with David Diaz. In attendance: Caldecott award-winning artist David Diaz.

Twenty Years Now
September 14, 2017. 102 Cedar Street. Home of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in the Storybook Capital of Texas opened it's sixty-third exhibition: Twenty Years of Art. In attendance: Caldecott award-winning artist David Diaz.

David Diaz, NCCIL’s first exhibitor, and National Board Trustee was in Abilene on September 14, 2017 to kick off the festivities for the Twenty Years of Art exhibition. Diaz designed the the logo for this stunning exhibition which includes a piece of art from every artist exhibited at the NCCIL. It highlights the variety of work and style featured in picture books that the NCCIL has displayed and toured the past twenty years. 

Diaz began the day at Ortiz Elementary with a drawing session for over one-hundred 2nd grade students--- all packed in the school's LRC. At the NCCIL, he painted two large paintings-- one for a raffle and another for auction. Featured guest at at the fun filled Sponsor party and the community Artist Talk later that evening, Diaz charmed the crowd. His message to all who attended the opening talk--- “Stay the Course!”

On the walls of the Back Gallery
In 1997, the NCCIL hosted its first full scale exhibition with the artwork of Caldecott award-winning illustrator, David Diaz. To accompany the Twenty years of Art exhibition, currently in the galley, the NCCIL also has on display original pieces of Diaz’s work. Representing six different books- Little Scarecrow Boy, Counting Ovejas, The Pot That Juan Built, Wilma Unlimited, December, and Feliz Navidad- this art demonstrates the variety in style that has kept David’s art fresh.

Twenty Years of Art
Celebrating a Legacy!