Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lyman Allyn Museum Show to Open in September

Yesterday a truck picked up the artwork for the Dinotopia 20th anniversary exhibition coming up next month in Connecticut.

This exhibition of 135 works will be by far the largest and most comprehensive showing of my original artwork. It will feature never-before exhibited works from all four Dinotopia books, including, for the first time, Dinotopia: First Flight. 

The curators took a special interest in the creative process, with a detailed examination of preliminary sketches, hand-made maquettes, reference photos, and plein-air studies. Plus there will be a few non-Dinotopia landscape paintings, National Geographic illustrations, and science fiction works.

If you've already seen the Dinotopia exhibitions at the Norton, the Delaware, or the Norman Rockwell art museums, this show will feature a completely different set of work, most of which has never left the studio.

There will be a whole slate of special programs, including book creators Walter Wick and Bruce Degen, presentations on dinosaurs, and an American Girls Tea Party. I'll be doing a presentation and book signing on October 13.

"DINOTOPIA: Art, Science, and Imagination" will be at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut from September 22, 2012 through February 2, 2013.