LOVE IT. PROTECT IT. MV. with Vineyard Conservation Society | June 7 - 27
In response to last year’s events, Vineyard Conservation Society launched a social media based community art project titled “love it. protect it. mv.” The goal was to provide an opportunity to recognize the importance of nature, and express our feelings of gratitude for and connection to those spaces where nature takes center stage.
VCS and Featherstone Center for the Arts have now partnered to host a curated in-person show of selected works from this project. love it. protect it. mv. is an art exhibit celebrating nature, open space, and our sense of place as an island.
We hope to see you at one or more of four special events occurring during the show's run. All events will take place outside the Art Barn (weather permitting, otherwise inside gallery). All events are free but please register in advance by calling 508-693-1850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 9th at 4:00PM: Poetry reading featuring selections from "love it. protect it. mv"
Christine G Burke
June 13th at 3:30PM: "The Art of Conservation" high school awards
June 16th at 4:00PM: A panel discussion on nature, advocacy, and art with VCS Executive Director Brendan O'Neill, FCA Executive Director Ann Smith, journalist and author Geraldine Brooks, and artist Cindy Kane
June 23rd at 5:00PM: VCS Annual Meeting featuring guest speaker Emily Molden, Executive Director of the Nantucket Land Council
From Caldecott to Coretta Scott: Award winning Black Illustrators with Guest Curator Rich Michelson | August 8 - September 6
Sunday, August 8 from 4-6PM: Opening Reception
Tuesday, August 17 at 4PM: Illustrators Panel with Pat Cummings, Ekua Holmes and Rich Michelson
Tuesday, August 24 at 4PM: Illustrators Panel with Bryan Collier and Rich Michelson
Wednesday, August 25 at 10AM: Bryan Collier Workshop
In 1938 the Caldecott Medal (named for Randolph Caldecott, a nineteenth century English illustrator) was established by the American Library Association to honor the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
In 1962, The Snowy Day, written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats, a Jewish artist, was the first mainstream picture book to portray a Black child as a protagonist. It was awarded the Caldecott Medal, and is still among the most popular books for children of all time.
In 1969, since no person of color had won a Caldecott Medal since the award was established, a group of African-American librarians promoted the creation of a new award, the Coretta Scott King Book Award to honor outstanding Black authors and illustrators of children’s books. The award's name was intentionally chosen to honor recently assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King. The CSK Illustrator Medal was first awarded in 1974 but was not awarded on a yearly basis until 1986, when Jerry Pinkney won the award, as he did again in 1987 and 1989.
In 1976 Leo and Diane Dillon (an interracial couple) won the Caldecott Medal, making Leo the first illustrator of color to receive the award.
In 1982 the CSK award was officially recognized by the American Library Association.
In the 83 years of Caldecott Awards only four Black illustrators have won the Medal, Kadir Nelson (2020), Javaka Steptoe (2017), Jerry Pinkney (2010), and Leo & Diane Dillon (twice 1977 & 1976). A Black Woman has yet to win, though Ekua Holmes won a Caldecott Honor (runner-up) in 2016. Two other Black women have been Honor winners, Oge Mora (2019), and Faith Ringgold (1993). More than half of the Caldecott Honors and Medals that were given to Black children book artists, were given in the last ten years. We are pleased that Black illustrators are finally being recognized for their talent and celebrate those in this exhibition, who are among the pre eminent artists of our time.