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Great State of Illustration in Maine Opening Reception

May 5, 2023, 4:00 PM7:00 PM


Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Curated by the Illustration Institute, this exhibition will showcase the past, present, and future of illustration in our state, representing history and contemporary culture through narrative imagery. By viewing historic work alongside contemporary illustration, visitors will gain a further appreciation for the enduring, beautiful work created in the state we call home. Featured artists include Barbara Cooney, Lucky Platt, Daniel Minter, Ashley Bryan, Rockwell Kent, Dahlov Ipcar, Bruce Hutchison, and Edward Hopper.

The Illustration Institute's mission is to raise appreciation and awareness of illustration in its many forms, providing people of all ages the opportunity to learn directly from master artists and working professionals through exhibitions and workshops. Inspired by this rich heritage, Illustration Institute is interested in sharing this legacy and teaching new illustrators and writers of all ages and abilities.

The opening reception will be held on May 5 from 4­­–7pm in conjunction with downtown Waterville’s First Friday event. To celebrate the opening of The Great State of Illustration in Maine and to kick off its Arts in Bloom weekend, Waterville Creates will host a children's book giveaway during the opening reception and on Saturday, May 6. Children will receive a picture book from a Maine illustrator, with a variety of titles available.

The exhibit will be on view from April 17 to July 16 in the Ticonic Gallery, located inside the new Paul J. Schupf Art Center at 93 Main Street in Waterville. The gallery is open 11:oo a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily, except on Tuesdays and federal holidays.



May 5, 2023
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Waterville Creates
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Ticonic Gallery
Schupf Art Center, 93 Main St
Waterville, ME 04901
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