In summer of 2011, the National Center for Children’s Illustrated (NCCIL) featured the works of acclaimed designer and illustrator Fred Marcellino in it’s exhibition Dancing By The Light Of The Moon: The Art Of Fred Marcellino.
Fred Marcellino (1939-2001) was a gifted visual communicator. A passionate and dedicated artist with a distinct personal vision, he quietly transformed the art of the book with unique imagery that defied convention, and inspired generations of artists and readers. Marcellino was most noted for changing the look of book covers for contemporary fiction, before embarking upon a second career as an award-winning author and illustrator of popular children's books. This posthumous exhibition honors and brings to light Fred Marcellino’s outstanding contributions to the graphic and visual arts. It features eighty-two award-winning works of original art for best-selling novels and children’s books including the Caldecott honor Puss in Boots, A Rat’s Tale, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, an ALA Booklist Children’s Editors’ Choice, The Pelican Chorus, one of School Library Journal’s Best Book of the Year, The Wainscott Weasel, The Story of Little Babaji and Ouch, both ALA Notable Children’s Books and I, Crocodile as well as covers for A Handmaid’s Tale, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Accidental Tourist, and The White Hotel among others. This exhibition features Marcellino's remarkable air brush technique as well as artwork rendered in color pencils, graphite, and watercolors. Illustrations seen in this exhibition have been done over the course of thirty-five years and reflect the high standards of creativity and craftsmanship that was a trademark of Fred Marcellino’s works.