Everything I Know About Tom Lichtenheld
In this exhibit, we are featuring artwork illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Tom recently donated his entire collection of art from picture books to Mazza Museum. He and his wife, Jan Miller, drove the artwork, which was carefully organized, to the Museum. Once they arrived, they spent a day going through the art, explaining the processes and medium used, as well as sharing interesting backstories about the books and Tom’s thoughts in creating the illustrations. In this gallery guide, we hope to convey some of the magic that Tom and Jan shared with us to you!
The name of the exhibit, Everything I Know about Tom Lichtenheld, is a nod to Tom’s first book, Everything I Know about Pirates; a book that started as a gift for his nephew who wanted “Uncle Tom” to give him the scoop on the infamous seafaring bootleggers. This gallery guide will attempt to share with you a little bit about Tom Lichtenheld and his delightful, fascinating, hilarious, and insightful body of work.
The gallery has been arranged in a way to show Tom’s work organized by authors with whom he has worked, including the books he authored. He has had multiple collaborations with Sherri Duskey Rinker and Amy Krouse Rosenthal as well as singular books created with others. Tom’s synergistic spirit allows the message of the author to be fully portrayed in his highly entertaining and meaningful style.
We know you will enjoy getting to know Tom Lichtenheld through this retrospective.