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Pat Cummings and the Dillons at Books of Wonder


On May 2nd Pat Cummings be signing books with a virtual CROWD of others at Books of Wonder.  The new book has a collection of illustrators, among them Parsons grads Leo & Diane Dillon.

Here’s the info:

12 – 2 pm on Saturday, May 2nd
at Books of Wonder
Autograph session for:
Our Children Can Soar: From Carver to Owens, Fitzgerald to Parks, King to Obama. Thirteen African-American Artists Commemorate History’s Pioneers

Featuring work by:

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 989-3270

Pat Cummings and the Dillons featured in The Original Art Show

Art from Illustration Part-time Faculty Pat Cummings’ book Harvey Moon Museum Boy, will be featured in The Original Art show that goes up this month at the Society of Illustrators alongside a host of other wonderful artists including Parsons alums David Ezra Stein and Julian Hector.  Here’s a preview:

Make sure to check out Pat’s amazing work as well as all the other fine artists included in the show like Leo and Diane Dillon (Parsons Illustration Alums), who are receiving a Lifetime Achievement award for their outstanding art over the years.

The Original Art Show
October 16 through November 26, 2008

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY

[top images by Pat Cummings; bottom image from Northern Lullabye by Leo and Diane Dillon]

The Global Artistry of Leo and Diane Dillon

If you’re near Abilene, TX, stop by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature to catch a retrospective of Leo and Diane Dillon.  Both are respected artists and alumni of Parsons Illustration.  Here’s an excerpt from the exhibition description:

Leo Dillon and Diane Sorber were born eleven days apart in 1933-Leo in Brooklyn, New York, and Diane near Los Angeles, California. When they met at Parsons School of Design in New York City in 1954, each already aspired to a life of art. Meeting first through one another’s artwork, they immediately recognized the talent and mastery of the other. Over the years, their competitive friendship evolved into a lasting marriage and artistic partnership. “We’ve worked together for 40 years. In 1997 we celebrated our 40th anniversary and we completed our 40th book, To Every Thing There Is a Season.”

Versatility, diversity, research, and integrity have remained characteristics of the Dillons’ work, which ranges from African folktales to Scandinavian epics, from fantasy to science fiction. In addition to two Caldecott Medals (for Ashanti to Zulu and Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears), the Dillons have received four New York Times Best Illustrated Awards, four Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards, two Coretta Scott King Awards, and the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal.

Congratulations to Leo and Diane on their continuing success and artistic inspiration!

The Global Artistry of Leo and Diane Dillon
Through October 25, 2008
National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature

102 Cedar
Abilene, Texas
(325) 673-4586
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m–Free Admission

Leo and Diane Dillon visit the Illustration Department!


Leo and Diane Dillon
Monday, November 5th, 2007
Room 510
66 W. 12th Street
1 p.m.

The prolific husband and wife team of Leo and Diane Dillon first met as students at Parsons School of Design. The only illustrators to have won American’s highest award for children’s book illustration, the Caldecott Medal, two years in a row, Leo is also the first African-American artist to win the award. They won in 1976 for Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears and in 1977 for Ashanti to Zulu.

Respected for their versatility, distinctive style, integrity and the thorough research they bring to each project, the Dillons have won the Hamilton King award, The Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, the Coretta Scott King award, the Society of Illustrator’s Gold Medal, the New York Times Best Illustrated award and the Hugo award for science fiction illustration, among others.

Recently, they have been writing as well , adding titles such as Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose, Jazz on a Saturday Night and Rap a Tap Tap to their constantly growing list of over 45 children’s books.

All are welcome to attend this exciting event!