William Joyce: Guardian of Childhood

See art by author, illustrator, and Emmy and Academy Award winner William Joyce (pictured left) in this Mind's Eye Gallery exhibition. Joyce's distinct drawings and imaginative storytelling depict a world full of whimsy, fun, and adventure – the kind of world a child would want to jump into.

Included in this exhibition are original ink, graphite, acrylic, oil, and digital print illustrations for some of Joyce's early books: George Shrinks, A Day with Wilbur Robinson, Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, and others. Also featured are artworks from the more recent animated-short-turned-book The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, a poignant and humorous story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor, and The Guardians of Childhood book series which explores mythical creatures - like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, the Man in the Moon, and the Tooth Fairy - who watch over children and make childhood magical. Also featured: sample preliminary sketches, a storyboard, concept art for a movie version of a book, covers from three The New Yorker magazines, and even artworks from Joyce's childhood.

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

Exhibition-Related Program

Saturday, February 13; 10am–noon
KickstART Saturday
Join us as we celebrate the work of award-winning author/illustrator, filmmaker, and story pioneer William Joyce. Joyce's luminous new book series, The Guardians of Childhood, redefines the icons of childhood: Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Sandman, Man in the Moon, and more. See examples of Joyce's original art for the series, and celebrate a favorite winter guardian (Jack Frost!) by creating your own frosted work of art. Also, join musician Lori Lynn Ahrends for a musical sing-a-long, and catch a screening of Joyce's animated short film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore!

What's pictured: (right) Cover images, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, 1996, oil, © William Joyce