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Sendak Fellow Panel Discussion (6/6/17)

Join this year's Sendak Fellows for a panel discussion and book signing. This year's fellows are: The Fan Brothers (Terry and Eric Fan), Rashin Kheiriyeh, and Eliza Wheeler.

The Fan Brothers Terry and Eric Fan received their formal art training at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. Their work is a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques, using ink or graphite mixed with digital coloring in Photoshop. The Night Gardener (Simon & Schuster) was their debut picture book and received starred reviews in Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus, as well as the Dilys Evans Founder's Award from the Society of Illustrators. More recently they illustrated astronaut Chris Hadfield’s first children's book, The Darkest Dark  (Tundra Books/Penguin Random House Canada; Little, Brown USA; Macmillan UK), which tells the true story of a young Chris Hadfield overcoming his fear of the dark. Future titles include their next book together, Ocean Meets Sky (Simon & Schuster, 2018) and Scarecrow, text by Beth Ferry (HarperCollins, 2019.)

Rashin Kheiriyeh is an internationally recognized, award-winning author/illustrator, animation director and painter who has published sixty children’s books in countries such as France, Italy, United States, Japan, Germany, Spain, Brazil, South Korea, China, India and Iran. She has received fifty national and international awards. She was also the winner of New Horizon Award from Bologna Book Fair, Italy in 2009 and the winner of Golden Apple Award at the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia in 2011. She has Ph.D. in Children's Book Illustration from Tehran, Iran. She also studied at School of Visual Arts (SUVA) in New York. Currently, Rashin is a professor of department of art, University of Maryland and enjoys illustrating for The New York Times as well.

Eliza Wheeler is the author-illustrator of Miss Maple's Seeds (Penguin), which debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list. Her illustrations in picture books and novels include Alison McGhee’s Tell Me a Tattoo Story (Chronicle), Pat Zietlow Miller’s Wherever You Go (Little Brown), Kate Milford’s The Left-Handed Fate (Henry Holt), and Holly Black’s Newbery-Honor winning Doll Bones (Simon & Schuster). Eliza received the SCBWI National Grand Prize Award for best portfolio in 2011. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles.

The Sendak Fellowship is a residency program that supports artists who tell stories with illustration. The Fellowship offers a four-week retreat for artists to live and work at Scotch Hill Farm in upstate New York. Each Fellow is awarded $5,000 and is given a house and a studio on a farm formerly owned by Maurice Sendak. The Fellowship offers the opportunity for artists to deeply engage in a project in the relative isolation of a rural, farm setting. At the same time, they receive inspiration from each other as well as from visiting artists and professionals in the field.

For many years, Maurice Sendak wanted to create a formal program for what he had been doing informally his whole career: helping promising illustrators. As a young illustrator himself, Maurice was nurtured in the Connecticut home of Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson. In 2009, Sendak enlisted the help of long-time companion and assistant, Lynn Caponera, as well as photographer and community activist Dona Ann McAdams (now the Fellowship’s director) to help realize his vision of a "school" for illustrators.

The goal of the Sendak Fellowship, in Maurice’s words, is for the Fellows to “create work that is not vapid, stupid, or sexy, but original. Work that excites and incites. Illustration is like dance; it should move like—and to—music.”

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Battenkill Books
15 East Main St.
Cambridge, NY 12816


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Event | by Dr. Radut