Out and About

Jon Muth

With a stunning watercolor painting in the background, Jon paints for the Mazza audience, turning a single black line into a Labrador retriever. Born and raised in Cincinnati, a young Jon Muth headed to New York with $500 and a dream of painting for a living.  When it became clear he would need to eat to survive, […]

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The Mazza Medallion of Excellence for Artistic Diversity

Isn’t that a mouthful? This evening, artist David Macaulay joined a prestigious list of Medallion recipients which includes Ted Rand, Robert Sabuda, and Paul Zelinsky to name just a few.  With great enthusiasm, Dr. Jerry Mallett welcomed before  a packed house the British-born, architecturally-trained, RISD instructor who introduced young readers to a fresh perspective in informational picture […]

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Mazza Friday

It happens every year.  We get to Friday morning of the Mazza Summer Institute and we wonder “How? How can this day even hope to live up to the previous four?”  This past week, we’ve heard from children’s book illustrators and authors whose work could be described with words such as: adorable, interesting, bold, subtle, delightful, […]

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Mazza Thursday

On a cloudy Thursday morning, the skies opened up, and I promise you, the corn lifted its leafy arms to the heavens and said, “Thank you!”  Here’s a picture of the happiest ear of corn I’ve ever seen.  I know you’re asking yourself, “what does this have to do with art from children’s picture books?”  Well, I […]

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Mazza Wednesday

It’s midweek at the Mazza Museum! So, let’s not waste a moment getting to the highlights of this event-packed day.  The morning began with a delightful keynote address given by Florence Minor.  While her previous Mazza appearances have been as her illustrator/husband’s sidekick, today Florence addressed an audience eager to learn more about her life and […]

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Mazza Tuesday

Just in case you’ve been sleeping …  I’ve been in Findlay, Ohio this week attending the 2012 Mazza Summer Institute.  And just in case you’ve had your head in a hole in the ground, Mazza is the world’s largest collection of art from children’s literature. And the funnest place on the planet. Especially this week. […]

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Mazza Monday

Well, the first day of the 2012 Mazza Summer Institute has come and gone.  And what a Monday! The first keynote speaker?  Carmen Bernier-Grand, three-time winner of the Pura Belpre Award and a tiny powerhouse of encouragement and inspiration.  As a child, Carmen was scolded by her older sister for staring at people, but Carmen […]

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