Kutztown University of Pennsylvania's Sharadin Gallery has an exhibition of original children's book illustrations collected by Professor Emeritus Robert Dornish.
The exhibition features over 75 original illustrations for children’s books in a wide variety of media (oil, mixed media, watercolor), and a diversity of styles from some of the world’s best-known illustrators. Included are works by Wendell Minor, Tedd Arnold, Robert Sabuda, Brett Helquist, Gennady Spirin, Valeri Gorbachev, Tomie dePaola, and Caldecott winners Uri Shulevitz, Gerald McDermott, Jerry Pinkney, and Leo and Diane Dillon.
Dr. Robert Dornish, Kutztown University Professor Emeritus, taught for over 28 years in the Elementary Education Dept, beginning in 1969. One year, a last-minute change of schedule found him teaching children’s literature so he began seeking out the best in current children’s books at conferences and bookshops. He struck up friendships with many of the nation’s leading illustrators and began collecting signed first editions, many now housed in Kutztown’s Rohrbach Library.
Book collecting soon led him to collect original illustrations beginning with a large oil landscape by illustrator Thomas Locker which he got as a gift from his wife. The collection has since grown to nearly 180 pieces.
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