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Bologna Children's Book Fair
Illustrators Annual 2017
9” x 11”
A highlight of the time-honored gathering of children's publishers in Bologna, Italy, the Illustrators Annual—juried every year from the finest art at the show—celebrates debut and storied talent from around the world, the talent that engages a whole new generation of booklovers. This glorious compendium can be read cover to cover or browsed through at random. And it not only provokes envy of the fair's attendees, but also inspires readers to marvel at the brilliance of the gifts shared by those whose work is discovered in these pages and to gleefully anticipate the future of children's books.
The Illustrators Annual 2017 corresponds with the exhibition at Glass Curtain Gallery, June 15 - August 17, 2017
Glass Curtain Gallery
1104 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
About the exhibition:
The Bologna Illustrators Exhibition offers a broad picture of the most innovative trends in children’ s illustration at an international level. Bring the family, catch the exhibition, and join us as we celebrate your child’s creativity, curiosity, and of course, their love for children’s books. There will be drawing, storytelling, and children’s music amidst a this showcase of great artwork.
Created by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 1967, The Bologna Illustrators Exhibition offers illustrators from all over the world a unique opportunity to display their talent to key players in the sector who come to Bologna every year for the most important trade show for the exchange of copyrights for children’s literature. An authoritative international jury consisting of publishers, artists and museum directors selects established artists and emerging talents. The second edition is organized by Columbia College Chicago, in partnership with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and the Italian Trade Agency.
Bologna Children’s Book Fair commitment to the U.S. market will manifest itself with NEW YORK RIGHTS FAIR: the new international adult and Children’s content and licensing marketplace, a meeting point for US publishers, agents, and their global counterparts. This new event will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion, New York on May 30 – June 1, 2018.
The Bologna Illustrator Exhibition 2017 will be once again a pivotal experience for the Illustration students at Columbia College Chicago who study in a nationally renowned illustration program. The college offers a rigorous Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, but is also one of the few colleges in the country to offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. This exhibition and competition is a result of a collaboration by almost all of the 150 undergraduate students and over a dozen teachers that constitute the Illustration Program.
The full-time faculty, who have steered this project, represent decades of professional experience. The program is led by author, cartoonist, and illustrator Ivan Brunetti (Associate Professor) and Chris Arnold (Assistant Professor), who works as a commercial illustrator and fine artist. Fred Nelson (Associate Professor), who brings decades of advertising experience and Chris Eliopoulos (Lecturer), who works in film/television and on children’s books, round out the award-winning team of educators.