Poet and children’s book author Rich Michelson has curated an exhibit of illustrations at Featherstone Center of the Arts entitled from Caldecott to Coretta Scott, Award-Winning Black Illustrators.

The Caldecott award began in 1938 to honor illustrators of distinguished picture books for children. But as of 1969 no artist of color had won the award, giving rise to creation of a new award, the Coretta Scott King Book Award.

The exhibition opened in early August with a reception with Jerry Pinkney, who won the Coretta Scott King award in 1986, 1987 and 1989. The show also includes the work of Pat Cummings, Leo Dillon, Diane Sorber, EB Lewis, Brian Pinkney, Ekua Holmes, Eric Velasquez and Brian Collier.

The series of artist talks and workshops concludes this week with an illustrator’s panel discussion featuring Bryan Collier and Rich Michelson on Tuesday, August 24 at 4 p.m. A workshop with Mr. Collier is scheduled for Wednesday, August 25 at 10 a.m.

The illustrator panel is free and takes place outside the Art Barn. Register in advance by contacting 508-693-1850 or featherstone@featherstoneart.org.