Ohio artist donates original art to Mazza Museum at The University of Findlay
The University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum is the recipient of original works of art from children’s books “The First Christmas” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Illustrator Jodie McCallum, who resides in Marblehead, donated the artwork to the museum’s permanent collection.
“The First Christmas” is written by John Wilkie, and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” is based on the popular Christmas carol.
McCallum has illustrated more than 60 children’s books, and her illustrations have been published and distributed by some of the largest publishers throughout North America and Europe during the past 35 years. McCallum has received awards for her work including the Chicago Artists and Writers Roundtable Award for the “Alphabet Town” and “Vowel” series. She is a member of the Picture Book Artists Association, a 200-member juried organization of international artists and illustrators.
McCallum and her husband, Grant McCallum, own and operate the Jodie McCallum and Co. Art Gallery and Studio in Marblehead. The fine art gallery displays the works of 30 artists from across the United States.
The Mazza Museum has the distinction of being the first and largest teaching museum in the world specializing in original artwork from picture books. The museum has more than 7,700 pieces of original art in its collection. Its mission is to promote literacy through its educational programs and to collect, exhibit and preserve original art from children’s books.