Notes from Programming
Sujata Shahane, Director of Education and Programming
For me, coming to work every morning is like going to a playground. Never a dull moment and always something fun to look forward too! Twelve years ago, I had no idea what I was signing up for, or what I was getting into. Over the years my job has evolved, and I wonder every day, “How did my predecessors do it all?” One busy morning, while trying to schedule exhibition events for 2017, it hit Debbie and I that the NCCIL would be celebrating its 20 anniversary! How do we honor a place that epitomizes the word “celebration,” and where this word goes hand-in-hand with children, books and art? Immediately, both of us started making a wish list of ideas for the anniversary. Many of those landed in the recycling bin or have been shelved for a later date, but two things became important: 1) we should redesign the NCCIL website, and 2) we should bring back our past artists to join in the celebration.
I hope you are enjoying our new website and have liked all the changes. We are still polishing it, and it will be a few weeks before it is complete. It’s not only mobile friendly but has expanded content, including a venue friendly touring exhibitions section.
William Joyce came back to Abilene to kick off the festivities at the Founders Dinner on January 20. I hope you had a chance to look at some of the photos in the NCCIL News article dated January 24, 2017. We will welcome David Small and his lovely wife Sarah Stewart as well as our feature spring exhibitor, James E. Ransome this week. Hope you will stop by to welcome them. One of the biggest supporters of Arts & Culture in Abilene, is our beloved local newspaper. Abilene Reporter News featured this week's events in the their Friday, March 3, 2017 edition. Many thanks to them for their continued support. In case you missed it...
Do not be fooled on April fool’s day if you see Robert Sabuda popping by. Mark Crilley will be in Abilene in May and David Diaz will stop by later this summer. This summer’s showstopper exhibition curated by Leonard Marcus is Garth Williams: The Illustrator of the Century. In September, a special exhibition, Twenty Years of Art, will feature a piece of artwork from each of the NCCIL’s previous exhibitors. A Twentieth Anniversary Gala, planned for October, will see Marla Frazee, David Shannon and Mark Teague in the house. November will debut the fall exhibition featuring the artwork of Melissa Sweet. Join us in the celebrations. We hope to see you at the NCCIL!