Maurice Sendak’s Original Artwork @ Monroe County Public Library:

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, Monroe County Public Library and the Friends of the Library are honored to present The Art of Maurice Sendak, a retrospective of 50 original paintings and illustrations by Sendak, along with activities and programs for all ages.

The Art of Maurice Sendak is a free exhibit hosted at the Main Library in downtown Bloomington from February 12 through March 26. The exhibit hours are Mondays–Thursdays 3–8 p.m.; Fridays 3–6 p.m.; and Saturdays–Sundays Noon–6 p.m.

In support of the exhibit, the Library also invites the public to “Go Wild” through a variety of activities. Fourteen programs are planned during the six-week exhibit, from an illustration workshop with local artist Joe Lee to a lecture on the life, art, and influence of Maurice Sendak. The full list of programs can be found in the special program guide available at any Library location, or online at

At the exhibit, kids of all ages will “Go Wild” making arts and crafts inspired by Sendak, find monsters hiding in the Library, snap a photo at the Selfie Station, and take home a free commemorative bookmark.

The exhibition is part of a national tour that began in 2013, the 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are’s original publication. It includes works in a variety of media, and offers highlights of Sendak’s career and the diverse art forms in which he is renowned. From children’s literature to Broadway and the opera, from animated film to young adult textbooks—Sendak remains an iconic American illustrator and author, acclaimed around the world for his genius and insights.

Accompanying the exhibit are 50 quotes from presidents, illustrators, friends, and celebrities—all deeply inspired by Sendak. Writer and actor Stephen Colbert says, “Maurice Sendak was strikingly honest. His art gave us a fantastical but unromanticized reminder of what childhood truly felt like. We are all honored to have been briefly invited into his world.”

The Library is also pleased to welcome second-grade classes from Monroe County Community School Corporation and Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation to special viewings of the exhibit. During their visit, students will participate in an interactive telling of Where the Wild Things Are.

Original artwork by MCCSC elementary students, inspired by Where the Wild Things Are, will also be on display at the Library.

Partners with Monroe County Public Library and the Friends of the Library include MCCSC and Indiana University’s Lilly Library. Special thanks to the lenders of the exhibition and to AFANYC for their support.

[reprinted from State Library’s Wednesday Word]