The North Carolina Museum of Art

Tall Tales and Huge Hearts:
Raúl Colón

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. 

Special Exhibition Tours

We are accepting reservation requests for guided tours of Tall Tales and Huge Hearts: Raúl Colón. Groups of 10 or more people are free; because of space considerations, tours of Tall Tales and Huge Hearts are limited to 15 people. Tuesdays–Sundays 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm. Please submit your request by phone or e-mail at least four weeks in advance. 

Adult groups: Christine Molesky, (919) 664-6785

Student and youth groups: Jen Coon, (919) 664-6820

One adult chaperon per 10 students required.

Tour-and-Lunch Package

Tour the exhibition at 10:30 am and enjoy lunch catered by Iris restaurant at 11:30 am. Free tour for adult groups of 10 or more. Availability is limited; set menu. For reservations call (919) 664-6785 or send e-mail to Christine Molesky. Please make reservations at least four weeks in advance. 

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.