The Mazza Medallion of Excellence for Artistic Diversity

Isn’t that a mouthful?

005This 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 books in 1973 with the Caldecott Honor-winning Cathedral.

And this was just the beginning.  Pyramid, City, Castle, and Mosque soon followed.  So did a Caldecott Medal in 1991 for Black and White.  The Way Things Work  fascinated readers of all ages with explanations of inventions both ancient and modern and their amazing connections. It’s easy to see why this artist would win an award for artistic diversity.

And then…..we heard from David Macaulay.  With depth and humor, David shared with Mazza Fall Conference attendees images of  his art, raw and unedited. He shared his past and future work, leaving us with a sense of what happens when the scientific mind intersects with insatiable curiosity and fabulous talent.

So, you want to see the Medallion?  It is itself a work of art designed by Ohio artist Betty Fulmer.

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And that, folks, is just the beginning.  Come back tomorrow!

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