Getting ready for Summer!

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The 20th anniversary is off to wonderful start! This year we have hosted David Small, Sarah Stewart, James E. Ransome, Robert Sabuda and Mark Crilley. The NCCIL has hosted Regional librarians and the Texas Association of Museums. It has been a whirlwind of fun events for the public, connections with other cities and a chance to renew friendships with the amazing artists who support the NCCIL. With all of the activities going on I want to make sure that we don’t “overlook the trees for the forest” (yes, I got that right). The NCCIL’s mission “to exhibit, tour, collect, preserve and promote original art from the finest children’s literature” is laudable and certainly a focus. However, the real connections here are the small events that impact people. Just the other day we had a second grader remark that he “could see how the artist painted the picture!” He was at the NCCIL on a school tour and was closely examining the differences between the original artwork on the wall and the printing in the book. Another comment followed by a fellow classmate, “I hope I can draw like that someday”. They were part of a group of 48 students intensely focused on inspecting the artwork or sitting on the floor to read the accompanying books. On another day, an adult patron commented that “the artwork is beautiful. It reminds me of the time I spent reading books with my parents”. On another day, an adult patron commented that “the artwork is beautiful. It reminds me of the time I spent reading books with my parents”. With help from the Rotary Club of Abilene, the NCCIL was able to give 84 head start students books of their own- the smiles on their faces when they realized the book was theirs to take home would melt your heart.

Although not part of the NCCIL’s printed mission, these are the moments that continue to inspire us to work hard to bring exhibitions and artists to Abilene. These are connections to real people- not just ideas. In all of the whirlwind of events we can’t forget the impact that the NCCIL has on those individuals every day. This is our real mission.

We are currently closed for exhibition change. Starting June 8, 2017, the NCCIL will open its newest summer exhibition, Garth Williams: Illustrator of the Century. By far the largest display of Williams work, this exhibition has something for everyone. Hope you enjoy some of the photos of the gallery while the installation is in progress. We hope you can stop by to see this beautiful exhibition and if you are in town, do join us for the opening festivities. The exhibition will be on display until September 1, 2017.