In the summer of 2009 the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) featured the works of highly acclaimed husband and wife team, artists Leo and Diane Dillon in its exhibition, The Global Artistry of Leo and Diane Dillon.
Leo and Diane Dillon are among the most talented and versatile illustrators in the United States. Their work has been an outstanding contribution to children of all races and cultures. Versatility, diversity, research, and integrity have remained characteristics of the Dillons' work, which ranges from African folktales to Scandinavian epics, from fantasy to science fiction. In addition to two Caldecott Medals (for Ashanti to Zulu and Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears), the Dillons have received four New York Times Best Illustrated Awards, four Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards, two Coretta Scott King Awards, and the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. Featuring over seventy-seven pieces of art from twenty of their award-winning books, this exhibition is a feast for art lovers. Media in the exhibition includes Dr. Martins dyes and airbrush, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, pencil, and tempera.