LIMA — Some of the finest art around can be found in children’s literature. And today, artistic pieces of that literature housed at the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum opens for exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima.
“This is the first time in recent memory that we’ve had pieces from another museum at ArtSpace,” said Bill Sullivan, operations manager for ArtSpace. “The idea for this came about when one of our executive committee members from Findlay began talking about what a fabulous collection the Mazza Museum offers."
“Benjamin Sapp from the Mazza Museum selected some for us to display, and Linda Lehman from our board, who specializes in children’s literature, hit the ceiling with excitement when she saw what he’d chosen,” Sullivan said.
There will be 57 works from the Museum on display at ArtSpace, representing 44 artists. Of those, eight are Caldecott Award winners.
“All of the works are in traditional media, and what’s really great is that most of the books from which the works appear are also on display. It’s just sweet seeing it. People can look at the books, and in that respect, it’s interactive,” Sullivan said.
The Mazza Museum is home to one of the foremost collections of children’s book original artwork. “I think you can really see in this collection that this is real art. That’s one of the criteria for that collection. These works really do have artistic merit,” Sullivan said.