Rose N. and James W. Kerr Gallery

The Richmond Center for Visual Arts is pleased to present the following exhibition in the

Rose N. and James W. Kerr Gallery for our fall season.

September 23 - November 14, 2021

For the fall preview in the Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery, click here

David Small and Sarah Stewart
Gardens in the Art & Life of
David Small and Sarah Stewart

 

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David Small, Birdbath, Michigan Summer Sketchbook, July 6, 2002, Special Collections, Western Michigan University Libraries

The Richmond Center for Visual Arts is pleased to announce participation in a city-wide effort celebrating WMU Libraries' recent acquisition of a major archive featuring Michigan-based husband and wife, author-illustrator team David Small and Sarah Stewart. Purchased by WMU Libraries during the fall of 2019, the archive spans 1970 to the present and documents the artistic, literary, and intellectual life of two of America's most distinguished, award-winning children's book authors. Opening officially at WMU's Zhang Legacy Collections Center during the fall of 2021, the archive traces the pair's literary production, professional careers, and personal lives, including journals that feature dreams, travelogues, gardening plans, book production notes, correspondence with editors, librarians, booksellers, other authors and illustrators, as well as fans. 

Joining such venues as the Kalamazoo Public Library, the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, University Libraries, and WMU's Department of English, the Richmond Center for Visual Arts will host an intimate exhibition featuring Small and Stewart's illustrations, sketches, drawings, and journal pages that focus on gardening and the natural world. As both a research and teaching collection, works now in the archive have earned such recognition as the Caldecott Medal 2004, Caldecott Honor 1997 and 2012, and recognition as National Book Award Finalists in 2009. 

For further information about the many community exhibitions and events related to this exhibition, please visit the WMU Library's website here: wmich.edu/library/small-stewart  

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Sarah Stewart, Garden Journal 2001, Special Collections, Western Michigan University Libraries

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Sarah Stewart, Garden Journal 2008, Special Collections, Western Michigan University Libraries

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David Small, Red Barn Greenhouse, 1996 Book Tour TX-California Sketchbook, July 5, 1996, Special Collections, Western Michigan University Libraries