National Museum of Wildlife Art Announces 2016 Bull-Bransom Award WinnerAugust 5, 2016
Jackson, Wyo. — The winner of the 2016 National Museum of Wildlife Art Bull-Bransom Award is “Finding Spring,” by Carin Berger. The Bull-Bransom Award is given annually to recognize excellence in the field of children’s book illustration with a focus on nature and wildlife.
The National Museum of Wildlife Art, along with the Teton County Library and Public Schools, will host Berger for various programs in Jackson Hole schools during the month of October.
“Finding Spring,” Carin Berger’s most recent book, is about the magic of seeking. Telling the story of a little bear cub in search of spring, it is beautifully illustrated with dioramas and cut-paper collages made from scraps of old books, letters, and receipts. Publishers Weekly describes “the imagination at work” in Berger’s books as a true marker of this author and artist being “one to watch.”
In addition to “Finding Spring,” the 2016 finalists for the award were “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear” by Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall; “Night Animals,” by Gianna Marino; “The Bear Report,” by Thyra Heder; and “Beastly Verse,” by JooHee Yoon.
The Bull-Bransom Award is named for Charles Livingston Bull and Paul Bransom, two renowned American artist-illustrators who specialized in wildlife subjects. The winner receives a $5,000 cash award, a custom-made bronze medal, and a five-year dual/family-level membership that provides complimentary access to 12 museums across the United States.