HARRY BLISS

HARRY BLISS is a cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker magazine. Growing up in upstate New York amidst a family of successful painters and illustrators, Bliss went on to study painting at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Illustration at The University of the Arts (BFA) and Syracuse University (MA).

Prior to his cartoons and covers for The New Yorker magazine, Bliss illustrated dozens of book covers for writers such as Lawrence Block, Dorothy Uhnak, Bob Dole, and Fiona Buckley.

Bliss's first children's book, A Fine, Fine School by Newbery-award winning author, Sharon Creech, was a New York Times bestseller. Bliss has illustrated many picture books since then including Which Would You Rather Be? by William Steig, Countdown To Kindergarten, (winner of the Minnesota Book Award), Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth, and A Very Brave Witch (a New York Times bestseller), all by Alison McGhee, the #1 New York Times bestselling series by Doreen Cronin: Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly, and Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo which was published in the Fall of 2008. Luke on the Loose, the first book Harry both wrote and illustrated, was published by Toon Books in 2009.

While not on tour promoting his picture books, Harry can be found drawing his internationally syndicated, single panel gag cartoons entitled BLISS. Harry N. Abrams published Death by Laughter, the first collection of these extremely witty cartoons in Spring 2008 with an introduction by Christopher Guest. In addition, he has won Nickelodeon Magazine’s 2007 Distinguished Achievement Award for children’s design and illustration.

His recent picture book, Bailey, was a 2011 Silver Medal winner from the Parent's Choice Foundation.  

Harry Bliss lives in South Burlington, Vermont.


DENISE SALDUTTI EEGIELSKI

DENISE SALDUTTI EEGIELSKI is a painter and a recipient of the 2011 Sendak Fellowship.
Denise says “I love using pastels because it is like drawing and painting at the same time.”
 
New Years Day
pastel over wood cut
11” X14” framed
Donated by the artist


FRANN PRESTON-GANNON

FRANN PRESTON-GANNON is a London based illustrator and designer. She has freelanced for a wide variety of clients that include: Nosy Crow, Vintage Books, Lonely Planet, Walker Books, Powerhouse Publishing, Spears Magazine, Scholastic books US, Chronicle Publishing, Pavilion Books, The Times Newspaper, Burt's Bees and Page One Theatre.

Her first picture book, The Journey Home, was published in October 2012 and has been shortlisted for both the Waterstones Children's Prize and the Cambridgeshire 'Read it Again' book Prize. It has also been shortlisted by Junior Magazine for 'Best Picture Book' and 'New Talent'. It was nominated for the Kate Greenaway in 2014. In April 2015 The Journey Home is to be reimagined as a play by the London based puppet theatre, Little Angels.

In April 2011 she became the first UK recipient of the 'Sendak Fellowship' and spent a month in Autumn living with and learning from the great master of illustration, Maurice Sendak, at his home in Connecticut.

Original Ink on watercolor paper
11.75” x 8.25”


DONA ANN MCADAMS

DONA ANN MCADAMS’ work has been exhibited widely, nationally and internationally, at places such as the Museum of Modern Art, NYC; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; The International Center of Photography; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Robert Miller Gallery and La Primavera Fotographica, Barcelona. Her photos are in the collections of, among other places, the Museum of Modern Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Print Club, and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.

She has been recognized for her talents by grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Polaroid Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts. In 2002 she received the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London, Art Forum, Doubletake, and Aperture. Her monograph of performance work, Caught in the Act, was published by Aperture in 1996. Her other book, The Woodcutter's Christmas, a collaboration with Brad Kessler was published in 2001 by Council Oak Books. The Garden of Eden, about people living with schizophrenia, was published by the Robert B. Menschel Photography Gallery at Syracuse University in 1997. Some Women, the catalogue for a 35-year survey of her work, was published by the Opalka Galleryof The Sage Colleges in 2009.

While principally known for her performance photography, for which she's received both Obie and Bessie Awards, the majority of her work lies in a number of personal portfolios, documentary in nature, which range widely and include eclectic subjects such as: thoroughbred horse racing, Appalachia farmers, a community of schizophrenics living on Coney Island. Some of her most memorable images are photographs from the street, where she uses the same techniques she does in live performance to create a kind of performance of everyday life. Her work has been compared to Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, and Tina Modotti.

She has collaborated with and is married to Brad Kessler, American author of Lick Creek, Birds in Fall, and Goat Song. McAdams resides in NYC and Vermont.

Madrid 1988
Photograph
Silver gelatin


SARA VARON

SARA VARON is a printmaker, illustrator, and children’s book author living in Brooklyn, New York. Sara was a 2013 recipient of the Sendak Fellowship.

Limited edition signed and numbered prints
Dog in Rain 15” x 11”
Dog in Sunshine 15” x 11”
Donated by the artist



ALICE LICKENS

ALICE LICKENS is a freelance illustrator, author and designer based in London. She uses bold shapes and layers of texture to create her illustrations. As well as writing and illustrating her own books Alice is the designer at House of Illustration, the world’s first home to the art of illustration in all its forms. Alice is one of the first illustrators in the UK ever chosen for the Sendak Fellowship and in autumn 2012 went to live & work at Maurice Sendak’s residence in Connecticut.
 
Prints signed and numbered
Amoeba 12.5” x 7.5”
Can You Dance To The Boogaloo? 16.5” x 11.5”
Admiral8.5” x 7.5”
Donated by the artist


TOR FREEMAN
 
TOR FREEMAN was born and educated in London, and graduated from Kingston University with a BA in Illustration in 1999 and has been working as a freelance illustrator since that time.
 
In 2012 Tor was awarded a Sendak Fellowship and, together with two other illustrators, spent that September in Connecticut.

Limited edition screenprints in 3 colours.
Signed and numbered and framed
Digby Dog11.75” x 8.5”
Tut TutKitty 14” x 10”
Yoga Cat 10.3.75” x 14.5”
Cats in a Tree 15” x 11”
Donated by the artist


ARTHUR YORINKS
 
ARTHUR YORINKS is an American writer and director for opera, theater, dance, film, and radio. He is also the writer of more than 35 books for children including Hey, Al, the 1987 Caldecott Medal book.

Collection of signed books
Donated by Arthur Yorinks


TOMIE dePAOLA

TOMIE dePAOLA has been published for over 40 years and has written and/or illustrated nearly 250 books, including Strega Nona, 26 Fairmount Avenue, The Art Lesson, and Christmas Remembered. Over 15 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.

Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," and the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association.
He was also the United States nominee in 1990 for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in illustration. The American Library Association has honored him with a Caldecott Honor Book, a Newbery Honor Book, and the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children."

The University of Connecticut, Georgetown University and Pratt Institute, among others, have granted him honorary doctoral degrees. In 1999, he was selected for the New Hampshire's Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure.

Tomie dePaola lives in New London, New Hampshire, with his Airedale terrier, Brontë, and works in a renovated 200-year-old barn.

Original watercolor4.5” x 3.5”
framed
Donated by the artist


MAURICE SENDAK

New York is Book Country was a literary Manhattan street fair featuring booksellers. The book festival began in 1979 and was held annually, and cancelled without explanation in 2010. This is some of the incredible poster art commissioned for the fair, designed by the biggest names in children's literature.

Signed poster
2003
framed 17.5” x 25.5”
Donated by Lynn Caponera


LEAH MCCLOSKEY

LEAH MCCLOSKEY’S work has been exhibited in numerous places including, Good Gallery Kent, CT,  3 Pears Gallery Dorset, VT, Heather Blue Home Reading, PA, Flores Fine Art and Gallery 100 Saratoga Springs, NY.  She has had solo- exhibitions at the Grace Gallery, NYC, Mimosa Gallery Saratoga Springs, NY, and Valley Artisans in Cambridge NY. And in 2010 and 2011 was featured in two 2-person shows at the Riverfront Studios in Schuylerville, NY. Her work is in numerous private collections and public venues including Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs.
 
Today Leah splits her time between her work in NYC and her studio/home in Salem, NY.

11” x 14”
framed
Acrylic on newsprint
Donated by the artist


JONATHAN WEINBERG

JONATHAN WEINBERG, Ph. D. is a painter and art historian based in New Haven, Connecticut.  He is the author of Male Desire: the Homoerotic in American Art; Ambition and Love in American Art; and Speaking for Vice: Homosexuality in the Art of Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley and the First-American Avant-Garde.  In 2011 he co-curated with Barbara Buhler Lynes Shared Intelligence: American Painting and the Photograph, for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and he curated the exhibition The Piers: Art and Sex along the New York Waterfront for the Leslie Lohman Museum in 2012.  He has taught at Brown University, Yale University and the Rhode Island School of Design. A one-man retrospective of his paintings was on view at the Leslie Lohman Museum in 2009. His paintings are in many important public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jersey City Museum and the Montclair Art Museum.  Currently he is a Visiting Critic at the Yale School of Art and a Lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Yellow and Purple Dahlias
2014
Framed Giclee print
13”x 19”
Donated by the artist


OUT OF PRINT
 
OUT OF PRINT celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Our products feature iconic and often out of print book covers. Some are classics, some are just curious enough to make great t-shirts, but all are striking works of art.

We work closely with artists, authors and publishers to license the content that ends up in our collections. Each product is treated to feel soft and worn like a well-read book.

In addition to spreading the joy of reading through our tees and accessories, we acknowledge that many parts of the world don’t have access to books at all. We are working to change that. For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through our partner Books For Africa.
How we read is changing as we move further into the digital age. It’s unclear what the role of the book cover will be in this new era, but we feel it’s more important than ever to reflect on our own individual experiences with great literary art before it’s forever changed.
 
T-shirts and Totes and small zippered cases
Donated by Jeff LeBlanc and Out of Print