2014 Children’s Book Illustration Award Honors Wildlife Art Excellence November 12, 2013 | Categories: Awards
Eric Rohmann won the 2013 Bull-Bransom.Award for his illustrations in the picture book “Oh, No!”, left; Sylvia Long won for her A Butterfly is Patient illustrations, right, in 2012.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – November 12, 2013 – Once again for 2014, the winner of the annual Bull-Bransom Award, given for artistic excellence in wildlife illustration for children’s books, will be announced as part of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Celebration of Young Artists event to be held on May 1, 2014 at the museum in Jackson Hole, Wyo. This will be the museum’s fifth year of presenting the national honor, with previous winners asked to participate in the judging. North American artists and illustrators whose work was published in a book for children during 2013 are eligible to compete for the award, with submissions due by January 31, 2013. Details on submitting a book for the 2014 award are available here.
“We look forward to this opportunity to honor a truly noteworthy book each year, and our Celebration of Young Artists event, with many local children present, is a fun venue for making the announcement,” says Ponteir Sackrey, the museum’s director of development and marketing.
“My investigation of the world began in my backyard, with a hand lens and a pencil,” explained illustrator Eric Rohmann to the children in attendance in May of 2013, when his illustrations for “Oh, No!” (Schwartz & Wade Books, 2012) won the Bull-Bransom Award. Previous Bull-Bransom Award winners are Sylvia Long (2012) for her illustration of A Butterfly Is Patient (Chronicle Books, 2011), written by Dianna Hutts Aston; Kevin Waldron for the 2010 picture book Tiny Little Fly (Walker Books), written by former UK Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, and Jerry Pinkney for his 2009 picture book The Lion and the Mouse (Little Brown).
The judging committee will announce five finalists for the 2014 award on February 15, and the winner will be invited to Jackson Hole for the museum’s Celebration of Young Artists event and Bull-Bransom Award announcement and presentation on May 1.
Created in the tradition of such prestigious children’s book illustrator honors as the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King and Hans Christian Andersen awards, the Bull-Bransom Award is presented in the form of a medal and $5,000 cash award. The National Museum of Wildlife Art named the award for Charles Livingston Bull and Paul Bransom, among the first American artist-illustrators to specialize in wildlife subjects.
A member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe. A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org. The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.