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OCU Gallery Hosts Children's Literature Art Exhibit

The Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery at Oklahoma City University will host a touring art exhibit featuring Golden Kite children’s book award winners. A public opening reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the gallery at the Norick Art Center on N.W. 26th Street and Blackwelder Avenue. The exhibit is open through Oct. 20and is made possible by donations from Enable Midstream Partners, LP and OGE Energy Corp.

The “Golden Kite, Golden Dreams” exhibit features award winners from 1974 to 2010. It includes artwork from some of the most prestigious and influential artists in the children’s book publishing industry with mediums ranging from ink, pencil, acrylic, gouache, watercolors and paper cutting. There are 50 artists and 75 pieces represented in the exhibit.

The Golden Kite Awards are presented annually by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). The award program was established in 1972 to recognize excellence in children’s literature.

The contest is judged by a jury of peers consisting of children’s book writers and illustrators. Contestants are divided into four categories — Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text and Picture Book Illustration.

OCU’s artist in residence Mike Wimmer is a member of the SCBWI. Wimmer, who initially became nationally renowned as a children’s book illustrator, said the “Golden Kite” exhibit gives local residents a chance to see some of the most enduring work ever produced in the genre.

“People of all ages — the young and old alike — will appreciate the many treasures we have on display,” Wimmer said. “Imagination is perhaps best expressed in artwork intended for a younger audience, and these are some of the greatest illustrations that help enlighten their relationships with books.”

The exhibit is sponsored by the Oklahoma City University School of Visual Arts and is organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature.

Admission to the Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery is free to the public. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

More information about the “Golden Kite, Golden Dreams” is available on the NCCIL website. For more information about the Norick Art Center call (405) 208-5226.

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