July 27 - October 14, 2017
Original Children's Book Illustrations from the University of Findlay's Mazza Museum

Image Credit: Kevin Luthardt, Zoom!, pages 14-15, 2004, acrylic, 22" x 28"

The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery presents OHIO: The Start of it All, July 27 – October 14, 2017. Curated by Dan Chudzinski of the University of Findlay's Mazza Museum, the exhibition features 60 original children's book illustrations from the museum. Celebrate children’s book illustrations related to the great state of Ohio based on people, places, inventions, and more.


The University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum is the most diverse collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators in the world. The museum’s goal is to promote literacy and enrich the lives of all people through the art of picture books.


EVENTS & PROGRAMMING | Free and open to the public

Daily hands-on activity for children and adults.

Curator's Tour | Friday, July 28, 2017, noon - 1 p.m.

Dan Chudzinski will lead an in-depth tour of the exhibition and discuss the collection.


Reception | Saturday, July 29, 2017, 1 – 3 p.m. 

Enjoy light refreshments, a hands-on activity, and live music by Andicus and Christopher Swanson.


Free Tours | July 31 – October 12

To schedule groups up to 40, contact Mary Gray at mary.gray@oac.ohio.gov or 614-728-2239.


Writing Workshop with Carol Tyler | Thursday, September 28, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Words and Pictures Juggling Act | Explore the power of narrative structures through words and pictures. Register HERE, July 27 – September 27.

OHIO: The Start of it All is produced by the OAC Riffe Gallery in partnership with the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum. Media support is provided by CD102.5, CityScene, Ohio Channel, WOSU, Ohio Magazine, and WCBE 90.5 FM.

ABOUT THE OHIO ARTS COUNCIL'S RIFFE GALLERY | The OAC Riffe Gallery showcases the work of Ohio's artists and the collections of the state's museums and galleries. The OAC Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, across from the Statehouse on High Street in Downtown Columbus. Like the OAC Riffe Gallery on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.


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