April 27, 2013

Raúl Colón: Tall Tales & Huge Hearts

Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Regular hours: Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat, 10 am – 4 pm, Thurs 10 am – 8 pm, Sun noon – 4 pm, Closed Mon and major holidays; Free to members, children under 4, Sat 10 am – noon;

General Admissions: $8 adults, $6 college students with ID & sr. citizens (62+), $5 age 5 – 17;

Joslyn Art Museum announces free general Museum admission beginning May 25, 2013.

402.342.3300, www.joslyn.org

Showing April 27 – July 28, 2013 at Joslyn Art Museum, Raúl Colón: Tall Tales & Huge Hearts featuring art from 15 of Colón’s books. The exhibition includes scenes from myths, fairytales, folktales, and tall tales, and from books based on real-life stories of baseball players, ballerinas, migrant workers, and ministers.  Raúl Colón has illustrated for The New Yorker, completed an MTA mural at the 191st St. subway station in NYC, and published artwork in The New York Times. Colón is also a prolific and award-winning illustrator of children’s literature, with more than 30 books to his name. Employing watercolor, colored pencils, litho crayons, and a technique of scratching or drawing down through the layers of washes, he brings stories to life with a richly textured, rhythmic trademark style. Colón was chosen to illustrate Dr. Jill Biden’s recently published “Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops” as well as Frank McCourt’s bestselling “Angela and the Baby Jesus,” both from Paula Wiseman Books. The industry has recognized Colón with a Golden Kite Award, a Pura Belpré Award, and both a gold and silver medal in The Original Art show. Colón currently resides in New City, New York, with his family. At Joslyn, exhibition wall labels and some of the picture books will be presented in English and Spanish. Books illustrated by Raúl Colón are available for purchase in Joslyn’s Hitchcock Museum Shop (open during all regular Museum hours). Raúl Colón: Tall Tales & Huge Hearts was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas. At Joslyn, the exhibition is sponsored by the Webster Family Foundation.

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