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Artist Talk: Sophie Blackall


Maier Museum of Art - 11 a.m.
Sophie Blackall, award-winning children?s author and illustrator, was born in 1970 in Australia. She has illustrated over 30 children?s books. Blackall?s ?Finding Winnie,? which follows the soldier who found Winnipeg the bear, was awarded the 2019 Caldecott Medal and was recipient of multiple other awards. She possesses a remarkable ability to adapt to many styles of writing, demonstrated by her successful partnerships with over twenty authors. Blackall values diversity and advocacy when selecting the stories she will bring to life. Her books feature characters from many races, nations, and situations. Sophie?s work communicates that, no matter a person?s external attributes, we are all here on the same earth, living the same days alongside one another. ?Finding Sophie Blackall? is part of the Maier Museum of Art's 108th Annual Exhibition, "Children's Book Illustrations: Visual Storytelling" (Sept. 20-Dec. 15, 2019). The "Finding Sophie Blackall" retrospective was organized by the National Center for Children?s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.
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