Writing With Pictures At The Center Museum

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Exhibit runs through September 13
Thursday–Saturday, 10am-5pm
Sunday, 1pm-5pm

The Museum at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido proudly presents the multi-media exhibition Writing with Pictures.

This multi-media exhibition tells the story behind the creation of the picture book: why we love them, and their widening audience and role in the 21st century. This exhibition features original published artwork from local illustrators, and from artists working with local writers.
Every picture tells a story!

Enhance your museum experience with the special exhibit events.

Curated by Joy Chu, Writing with Pictures will be open in The Museum from July 11 – September 13, 2015. The exhibition, the first of its kind in San Diego, features original published artwork from local illustrators, and from artists working with local writers.

For additional information, please visit artcenter.org/museum or call (800) 988-4253.


Children’s picture books are all about the art of visual storytelling. It begins with the author’s words. The illustrator, in turn, is tasked with fleshing out the story, beyond what words are unable to convey. In the best examples, a wholly new dimension is created when the reader brings their own perspective into the mix. Books with less than 200 words — some with none — are at the forefront, alongside the hybrid graphic novel. As wordless picture books grow in popularity, we see that illustrations alone can tell a compelling story. These stories are often provided by an author.

With an increased emphasis on the visual in books in recent years, as opposed to words and length, Southern California is fertile with children’s book storytelling activity. Writing with Pictures celebrates many of these creators and the stories behind their creations. In an age of increased digital dependence, parents are once again placing importance on connecting with their children through reading picture books.

Writing With Pictures At The Center Museum

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