New Jersey: Animals Bring Life to Stories in Children’s Books

Susanne Suba, original illustration for The Monkeys and the Pedlar, The Viking Press, 1970. Watercolor on paper. Collection of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Gift of the artist. ©1970 by Susanne Suba. Photography by Bryan Whitney.

Anyone in New Jersey, looking for something to do? If you are, check out Animal Fair: Birds, Beasts and Bugs in Children’s Book Illustrations, an exhibition at The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, which features original works by acclaimed illustrators Roger Duvoisin, Catherine Stock and Maginel Wright Barney, among others.

“Animal Fair explores how our favorite critters have been cast to tell the stories we remember for a lifetime,” says Gail Aaron, Assistant Curator, Original Illustrations for Children’s Books, Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts at the Zimmerli, and the exhibition organizer.  “Children’s book illustrators find animals to be the most obliging subjects, whether piquing interest in nature through photorealistic depictions or by exercising a child’s imagination through conceptual or fanciful images.”

But if you’re not anywhere near this state of inspiration for George Inness, among several other famous artists, you’re not to worry. The exhibition will be open through June 5, 2011.


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