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Children's book exhibit

MARTIN, Tenn. – The UT Martin J. Houston Gordon Museum is hosting “Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations,” an exhibition from ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.

The exhibit is open for public viewing through Nov. 22. The J. Houston Gordon Museum, located in UTM’s Paul Meek Library, is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

The exhibit features original illustrations from Caldecott Medal recipients and Honor Books as well as other illustrations by award-winning artists.

Curated by Danny Bills – curator of collections and exhibitions at Wichita Falls Museum of Art – and organized by Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, the collection celebrates the vision and talent of 28 award-winning artists, including the first Caldecott Award recipient, Dorothy P. Lathrop; two-time winner Chris Van Allsburg; and Maurice Sendak, whose work “Where the Wild Things Are,” like Van Allsburg’s “Jumanji” and “The Polar Express,” was adapted for the big screen.

This illustration for the cover of “Mother Hen” (1947) by Leonard Weisgard is one of several Caldecott Award winners featured in an exhibit of Caldecott winners and Honor Books at the J. Houston Gordon Museum through Nov. 22.

These illustrations are widely recognized not only as artistic classics in children’s literature but also as the source of countless beloved memories for the young and young at heart.

The gallery is located off the Paul Meek Library lobby through the Corbitt Special Collections reading area. Parking will be in the Paul Meek Library parking lot on Wayne Fisher Drive off Mt. Pelia Road. Parking permits are available online at by selecting the “Online Visitor Parking Permit” link.

For more information, contact J. Houston Gordon Museum curator Samuel Richardson at 731-881-7094 or

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