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Project Category: Artists

Ashley Wolff

Ashley Wolff

From Ashley Wolff‘s website: I grew up in a house with many windows. It sat on a hill and the forest came right into our backyard. Sometimes, in the very early morning, I could see a lake of fog in the valley below my house. The bedroom I shared with my younger sister, Peregrine, had...

Janet Stevens

Janet Stevens

Janet Stevens began drawing as a child, and her pictures decorated her school work–including math assignments. While this didn’t always sit well with her teachers, it was what she liked to do. After graduating from high school in Hawaii, she landed a job painting Hawaiian designs for fabric. The material was then mad into aloha...

Rafael Lopez

Rafael Lopez

The work of Rafael López is a fusion of strong graphic style and magical symbolism. Growing up in Mexico City he was immersed in the rich cultural heritage and native color of street life. Influenced by Mexican surrealism, dichos and myths he developed a style with roots in these traditions. His illustrations for Book Fiesta written by Pat Mora...

Terry Widener

Terry Widener

After graduation from the University of Tulsa (OK), Terry Widener began his career as an artist in advertising and editorial illustration. In the late 1990’s, he changed to primarily illustration for the children’s picture books market. Terry’s first children’s book, Lou Gehrig, the Luckiest Man (written by David A. Adler) was published in 1997 and...

Brad Sneed

Brad Sneed

Brad Sneed was Kansas-born and lives in the sunflower state to this day. When asked why he chooses Kansas in which to live, he stated, “To be honest, I’ve asked myself that very question. I love the mountains. There are no mountains in Kansas. I enjoy the beach. The oceans are far, far away. Put...

Rosemary Wells

Rosemary Wells

Rosemary was born in New York City and raised on the New Jersey shore. She grew up in a home that was always filled with books, dogs, classical music, and other things her parents held in great esteem. Speaking about her youth, Rosemary recalls, “New Jersey was farm country and I spent much of my...

David Wiesner

David Wiesner

2016 Mazza Medallion Winner, David Wiesner is one of the best-loved and most highly acclaimed picture book creators in the world. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have won numerous awards in the United States and abroad. Three of the picture books he both wrote and illustrated became instant...

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak was born on June 10, 1928 in New York City. The now-renowned children’s author studied at the Art Students League and illustrated more than 80 books by other writers before authoring one himself. His most critically acclaimed work includes the dark and beloved story Where the Wild Things Are. Sendak grew up in...