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Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition


First launched in 2013 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the beloved children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons is a retrospective exhibition celebrating the life and art of the iconic author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak. The exhibit will be on display at the Dover Public Library and the Biggs Museum of American Art between July 29 and September 11, 2016. The exhibition includes a wide variety of Sendak’s art, from an illustrated book report on Macbeth to opera set designs, and of course, illustrations from his children’s books. The original works are accompanied by quotes from presidents, illustrators, friends and celebrities discussing Sendak’s influence on their own lives.

Drop-In Programming for Children – ANYTIME

Throughout the run of the Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition, join the Biggs Museum during regular hours in our Child HELP Foundation studio for self-guided activities that will bring our your inner Wild Thing!

Illustration Inspiration

Maurice Sendak worked hard to become a great illustrator. He paid very close attention to the work of other illustrators like Walt Disney. Use supplied drawing guides and supplies to learn how to draw characters and animals and maybe one day you’ll be as good as Maurice Sendak!

Fly Away!

Use the provided patterns or create your own to build your paper airplane like Mickey does in the book, “In the Night Kitchen.” Where will your plane take you?

Reading Can Take You Places! 

Curl up in our reading nook and then create a postcard for someone to tell them about a book you read. Draw a scene from the story and then write about some of the characters, setting, problems, and solutions you found in the book.

How Are You Wild? 

In “Where the Wild Things Are,” Max is sent to his room for making mischief and being a wild thing. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do with big feelings. When Maurice Sendak had trouble with his emotions, he would use his imagination to make himself feel better. Leave a drawing or note here to share what you do when you feel like a wild thing.

Click here to view the list of the Drop-In Programs (PDF)


Maurice Sendak and his Works – Author Discussion

Thursday, September 8
6 p.m.
Biggs Museum & Dover Public Library

Author Leonard S. Marcus is a renowned historian and critic and one of the children’s book world’s liveliest writers and speakers. His highly acclaimed books about children’s literature and the authors and artists who create them include: Show Me a Story!; Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children’s Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever and Became an American Icon Along the Way; and Minders of Make-Believe. Marcus joins us to discuss Sendak, his work and the impact it had on Children’s Literature. A reception will be held at the Biggs Museum at 6 pm. The presentation will follow at the Dover Public Library at 6:45 p.m.

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Special Thanks to our Sponsors and Partners:

Dover Public Library • Biggs Museum of American Art Delaware State News • PPG Foundation • Dover Library Foundation
The Friends of the Dover Public Library Kent County Fund for the Arts The Children’s Theatre, Inc.
Schwartz Center for the Arts The Ballet Theatre of Dover • Polytech • Home 2 Suites Grey Fox Grille Fifer Orchards

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