Guardian of Childhood: William Joyce

Affectionately called the co-founder of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL), Academy® and Emmy® award-winning artist William Joyce and his books have, and continue to make an impact on the art and literature of Abilene and its residents. 

The World of William Joyce first exhibited at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) in 1998. This show was refreshed in 2004. In the summer of 2014, Guardian of Childhood: William Joyce, featuring one of the most extensive public showings ever of original illustration art from William Joyce was displayed at the NCCIL. 

This new touring exhibition is a testament to the elegantly absurd world of William Joyce. Joyce created his first picture book, known now and then as Billy's Booger for an elementary school contest (included in the exhibition). This marked the beginning of a remarkable career that includes books, movies, television shows on Disney and PBS, covers for The New York Yorker, features in the Los Angeles Times and The Oxford American. Featured in this exhibition are Joyce’s early works, picture books, animation prints and covers.