My Friend Eric Rohmann

Drawings, paintings, and prints comprise this exhibition of children’s book art by author-illustrator Eric Rohmann, winner of the Caldecott Medal for My Friend Rabbit and a Caldecott Honor for the wordless Time Flies. Illustrations from those and ten other books are represented — including Bone Dog, Clara and Asha, and The Cinder-Eyed Cats — among over 70 finished artworks, sketches, storyboards, and process pieces.

Eric Rohmann grew up in a suburb of Chicago. As a boy, he played Little League baseball, read comic books, collected rocks and minerals, insects, leaves, and animal skulls. He liked to draw and make pictures that told stories. Rohmann has an MS in studio art from Illinois State University, an MFA in printmaking/bookmaking from Arizona State University, and has also studied anthropology and biology.

Exhibition Extras

Kids can search for animals in the exhibition using the "Furry, Finned, & Feathered" guide. Also, stop by the EdTech Gallery to play with puppets resembling characters in Oh, No! and to see a video of Eric Rohmann talking about his process of writing and illustrating books.

This exhibition is organized by National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (Abilene, TX).

What's Pictured: (right) "The plane was just out of reach," from My Friend Rabbit, 2002, hand colored relief print, © Eric Rohmann

Exhibition-Related Program

Saturday, October 10; 10 am–noon
KickstART Saturday
Celebrate the exhibition My Friend Eric Rohmann! Artist Therese Straseski will help budding artists create animals with bright colored pencils and markers. Then, as in the book Oh, No!, the animals will fall into a hole! Inspired by Time Flies, storyteller Brian Priesman will take children on a journey through the land of dinosaurs, with kids helping act out the story using props and costumes. Be sure to visit the exhibition and “Ask a Docent” if you want to know more about the art!