Saturday, January 9, 2010

Dinotopia in Delaware--Feb-May

Less than a month from now, the largest-ever Dinotopia art exhibition will appear at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington. The show will be on view from February 6 – May 16, 2010.

Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney includes 60 of the major works from Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time (1992); Dinotopia: The World Beneath (1995); and Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara (2007), along with a some sketches and maquettes.

Saturday, February 6 will be Dinotopia Family Day with lots of hands-on and family friendly tours. I’ll give a digital lecture called “Fact and Fantasy: The Making of Dinotopia” at 1:00, with a booksigning afterward.

On Sunday, February 7, from 11:00-4:00, I’ll be offering a workshop on water-soluble colored pencils for teens and adults.

There will also be teachers' workshops, homeschool programs, Saturday craft projects, a spring break art camp, a “Dino Design-O” poster project, and a press preview on February 4. I’ll also be visiting the Delaware College of Art and Design and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia during that second week of February.

The Delaware Art Museum is also the home of the largest display of originals by Howard Pyle, the dean of author/illustrators, and a formidable collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings.
More on the exhibition and programming at the museum's official page.
(Note: The installation photo is from the Smithsonian exhibition in 2002. This installation will look different).


eric said...
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Super Villain said...

i've been looking forward to this for a long time, i'll definatly be there! and this is going to be bigger then the smithsonian exhibit? wow thats awsome!

is the workshop free or is it somthing you need to register for ahead of time?

Will Kelly said...

I wish I could go!! But I'm way down here in TN.

I see that only 3 of the books' art is on display... is there a reason for that? And of the 4 books, which do you feel like is your favorite, or the one that you feel like you accomplished the most in artistically?

Good luck on the exhibit!

Mark said...
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Jacob Collins said...

Congratulations, Jim. That's great to hear. i hope I get to see it.


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goat89 said...

Ah! So lucky you 'Delwarians'! Hope you can come to Singapore!!! ><

Charley Parker said...

As someone who has essentially "grown up" going to the Deleware Art Museum, I can tell you that this will be a terrific venue for a Dinotopia exhibit.

Those for whom it's too far for a casual visit may want to consider making an overnight or weekend trip, to take advantage not only of the Delaware Art Museum's own collections of Pyle and American illustration, but the terrrific N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle resources at the nearby (20 minute drive) Brandywine River Museum; not to mention the Philadelphia Art Museum, which is only about 45 minutes away.

Anonymous said...

Hello Mr. Gurney. I hope I will be able to see one of these sometime.

I don't know if it's a sensitive subject, sorry if it is, but I have been meaning to ask: you mention there will be art from ALAFT, World Beneath and Chandara, in general, why is there so few references to First Flight? You don't sell it at your store, and its art is rarely featured. One of my favorite Dinotopia pieces is the parade you showcased in the Motion Blur entry.

Thanks, and have a good time at Delaware.

Jeanne Frances Klaver said...

So exciting. Can't wait!

James Gurney said...

Will and Compa-Mighty, I've been meaning to post more about First Flight (1999), which is a prequel story to the other three. I've been meaning to include more about the book and the sub-universe. Thanks for suggesting it.

Goo Goo, I think there is a registration fee for the workshop.

Charley, thanks for mentioning the Brandywine and Philadelphia museums, both nearby, and both great collections.

jfarsenault said...

Wow! I am just now packing to move from Los Angeles back to Delaware, what luck! I'll be looking forward to the workshop and the exhibit.

Jake said...

There is a registration fee for the workshop. has the information. I am very much looking forward to it.