Norman Rockwell Museum Presents “Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi”
“He stands alone as a creator of worlds and a weaver of tales.”—Guillermo del Toro
Stockbridge, MA, February 9, 2017—The Norman Rockwell Museum announces Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantasy Art of Tony DiTerlizzi, an exhibition of works by the acclaimed illustrator/writer that will be on view at the Museum from November 11, 2017, through May 28, 2018. Known for his successful book series The Spiderwick Chronicles, DiTerlizzi is widely celebrated for his images of such fantasy creatures as fairies, trolls, sprites, and goblins.
Never Abandon Imagination, which has been organized by Norman Rockwell Museum, will showcase over 150 original paintings and drawings, from the games Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, to his many fantasy and children’s books, in addition to artworks from his childhood and college years. The exhibition will highlight the artist’s influences and artistic process.
Just as his early work on video games is treasured by devoted fans of the genre, DiTerlizzi’s award-winning books—including The Spiderwick Chronicles; Ted; The Spider and the Fly; The Story of Diva and Flea, and The WondLa Trilogy—have inspired a new generation of young readers.
Never Abandon Imagination will showcase over 200 original paintings and drawings, starting from DiTerlizzi’s work in tabletop games, such asDungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, to his many imaginative children’s books, in addition to early artwork from his childhood and college years. The exhibition will highlight the artist’s influences and artistic process.
Just as his early work on Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering is treasured by devoted fans of the gaming genre, DiTerlizzi’s award-winning books—such as The Spiderwick Chronicles; Kenny and the Dragon; The Spider and the Fly; The Story of Diva and Flea, and The WondLa Trilogy—have inspired a new generation of young readers.
DiTerlizzi has influenced fans and fellow creators alike. “Tony’s work has a distinct flair, a love for monsters if you will,” notes celebrated filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. “His creatures have the charm of Henson or Rackham but they carry with them hints of their own ecosystem. He stands alone as a creator of worlds and a weaver of tales.”
With a style heavily influenced by Norman Rockwell, Arthur Rackham, Brian Froud, and others, DiTerlizzi has paid homage to those illustrators, capturing their essence in his magical tales.
This exhibition is sponsored in part by Simon & Schuster, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Gotham Group, and The Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation. Media sponsor: WGBY Public Television.
Exhibition Opening Weekend Events
Saturday, November 11
Special Pre-Opening Program
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Artist Tony DiTerlizzi will discuss the facets of his career and the power of the imagination with exhibition curator Jesse Kowalski. Limited seating; reservations required. $10 for Museum members, $25 for not-yet members, includes opening reception and program.
Exhibition Opening Reception
6 to 8 p.m.
Celebrate the power of imagination with artist Tony DiTerlizzi. Artist and curator commentary will begin at 6:30 p.m., with festive refreshments served. Fantastical dress is encouraged (please omit antennae and facial coverings for safety and security reasons). Pre-signed books will be available in the Museum Store. Free for Museum members, or $20 for not-yet members. Reserve tickets online at nrm.org/rsvp, call 413.931.2265, or email email@example.com.
Sunday, November 12
Bonus! An Afternoon with Tony DiTerlizzi
Learn about the exhibition from the artist himself. A book and print signing will follow. Free for Museum members, or included with admission.
School vacation week and additional family programming will explore his use of imagination in narrative art. For more details, visit the Museum’s website: www.nrm.org.
Learn more about the exhibition at: https://www.nrm.org/tonyditerlizzi
About Tony DiTerlizzi
New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi has been creating books for nearly two decades. From his fanciful picture books such as The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and the WondLa trilogy, DiTerlizzi imbues his stories with rich imagination. With Holly Black, he created the middle-grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, which has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a successful feature film, and translated for more than 30 countries. Recently, he teamed up with Lucasfilm to retell the originalStar Wars trilogy as a picture book and collaborated with Mo Willems for the bestselling chapter book The Story of Diva & Flea.
DiTerlizzi is also the author and illustrator of Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World MoonPie Adventure, as well as the Zena Sutherland Award winningTed. His brilliantly cinematic version of Mary Howitt’s classic The Spider and The Fly earned the artist his second Zena Sutherland Award before receiving his Caldecott Honor in 2003. Mr. DiTerlizzi’s art has graced the book covers of such well-known fantasy writers as J. R. R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, and Jane Yolen. He made his illustration debut contributing to Wizard of the Coast’s iconic games Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering.
Believing in the healing power of stories, DiTerlizzi has held author events for children in hospitals all over the world. In 2011 he was honored with the title of Global Ambassador by the Starlight Children’s Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and has been featured in Time magazine, USA Today, CNN, PBS, the BBC and The Today Show.
Learn more at: diterlizzi.com