Wendell Minor: In the American Tradition


A lifelong fascination with America’s national heroes, traditional folkways, classic literature, and natural wonders great and small inspires the accomplished work of Wendell Minor. While countless adult readers have enjoyed Minor’s jacket designs for bestselling novels such as 1776 and Truman (David McCullough), Prince of Tides (Pat Conroy), and Terms of Endearment (Larry McMurtry), young readers have had the more rewarding experience of joining the artist on picture book-length visual explorations to far-flung places such as the Arctic and the Moon. His paintings for Jack London’s Call of the Wild and Diane Siebert’s Mojave, and his own picture book adaptation of Katharine Lee Bates’ America the Beautiful, express his sense of amazement at the sweep and grandeur of our nation’s natural inheritance. Through much of his work, Minor brings to mind the urgent need to protect America’s wildlife and unspoiled places. Nowhere has he done so more eloquently than with Jean Craighead George’s Everglades, a celebration of nature’s bounty and a dramatically clear reminder of why the world’s wonders are worth saving.

The exhibition comprises approximately 60 watercolors. In addition to those listed above, illustrations from several other books are included: Cat, What is That? by Tony Johnson, Shaker Hearts and Abe Lincoln Remembers by Ann Turner, and Rachel by Amy Ehrlich. 

This exhibition was organized by National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.


What's Pictured: (Above) "A Traditional Frog's Curse (three cranes)" from A Lucky Thing, 1999, watercolor, © Wendell Minor