A Journey Without End: Ed Young

In the fall of 2011 the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) featured the works of acclaimed award-winning artist Ed Young in its exhibition, A Journey Without End: Ed Young. Featuring over forty-eight works, the art in this exhibition is rendered in collage, pastels and watercolors.

Caldecott medalist Ed Young is the illustrator of more than eighty books for children, seventeen of which he has also written. Born in Tientsin, China, Ed Young grew up in Shanghai and later moved to Hong Kong. As a young man, he came to the United States on a student visa to study architecture but turned instead to his love of art. Young began his career as a commercial artist in advertising and found himself looking for something more expansive, expressive, and timeless. He discovered all this, and more, in children’s books. Accuracy in research is essential to his work- whether he is illustrating fantasy, folk tale, or realism. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Young has taught at Pratt Institute, Yale University, Naropa Institute, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. In 1990, his book Lon Po Po was awarded the Caldecott Medal. He has received two Caldecott Honors for his illustrations in The Emperor and the Kite as well as Seven Blind Mice. Young was also nominated twice for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the highest international recognition given to children's book authors and illustrators who have made a lasting contribution to children's literature.