Beginning this month, a piece of that collection will travel to the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio and will showcase the soaring ambitions and creative spirit of Ohioans who have shaped history.
Ohio: The Start of It All will open September 24 and run through December 31 at DACO. The exhibit features a portion of one of the most diverse collections of original art from picture books and presents an artistic celebration of Ohio innovations that changed the world.
“Each of the pieces depicts a theme or item related to a particular Ohio fact, all of which reflect a unique way that Ohio shaped world history and culture,” Curator Dan Chudzinski said.
The exhibition focuses on five themes - inventions, sports, food, transportation and history. One piece in particular is sure to resonate with visitors, Chudzinski says. The artwork, created by Steven Kellogg using watercolor, graphite, pen and ink, is taken from Barney Bipple’s Magic Dandelions. It features a young boy in the early 20th century receiving a speeding ticket.
In 1899, the first police car was used in Akron, boasting a top speed of 18 miles per hour, and in 1904, Harry Myers received the first speeding ticket for going 12 miles per hour in an automobile on West Third Street in Dayton.
Other items in the 62-piece collection include two acrylic and mixed media artworks by Alice and Martin Provensen from The Glorious Flight, a book that won the 1987 Caldecott Medallion, and a watercolor and graphite piece by Jerry Pinkney from Ain’t Nobody a Stranger to Me. Pinkney was a Caldecott-winning illustrator as well before dying in 2021.
“It is my hope that viewers will leave this exhibition with a deeper appreciation for both Ohio history and picture book illustrations,” Chudzinski said. “In Ohio: The Start of It All, you will see 62 valid reasons to take pride in the Buckeye state.”
Support for the exhibition is provided by Patrick and Brenda Smith and the Fairfield County Foundation Wendel Family Fund.
Curator Dan Chudzinski will hold a Curator’s Talk at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 25, at the Wendel Center for Art Education. Register here.