Tall Tales and Huge Hearts:
Raúl Colón, Cover Art, 2003, from Rise the Moon (Dial, 2003), watercolor and colored pencil on paper, 19 x 22 in., Courtesy of the artist, © 2003 Raúl Colón
East Building, Gallery 2
April 13–July 27, 2014
Lyrical and sweet, the illustrations of Raúl Colón enchant children and adults alike. Colón was born in 1952 in New York City but raised and educated in Puerto Rico. He has illustrated over thirty children’s books featuring thrilling legends and heartwarming stories from many cultures, among them Doña Flor, Tomás and the Library Lady, and Jill Biden’s book Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops. His watercolor, pencil, and etched works dazzle with their charm, depth, and bright color. Since beginning his artistic career in the 1980s, Colón has received numerous honors, including the prized Pura Belpré Award, which honors a Latino/Latina writer or illustrator whose work best celebrates the Latino cultural experience in a work of children’s literature.
Organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas. This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions.