The University of Findlay to host former ‘ER’ actor, famed children’s book artist

Both Anthony Edwards, an actor best known for his role in “ER,” and Steven Kellogg, famed children’s book artist and author, will be on The University of Findlay’s campus Saturday, Nov. 12, for a celebration of Kellogg’s life work.

A public presentation is slated for 7 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary. Tickets are $5 and are available by calling the museum at 419-434-5521.

In July, the Mazza Museum at The University of Findlay announced the acquisition of 2,700 pieces of original art work by Kellogg. The acquisition represents a 50-percent expansion of the Mazza’s collection of more than 5,000 pieces of original artwork.

The acquisition was made possible, in part, by a $350,000 gift from Edwards, who, as a teenager, was invited to the Kellogg home for Thanksgiving. The two became friends and have remained in contact. Edwards has been involved with the Reading is Fundamental program and is a proponent of children’s literacy.

Some of Kellogg’s popular work includes “Island of the Skog,” “Johnny Appleseed,” “A Rose for Pinkerton,” “How Much is a Million” and “The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash.” Readers may recognize characters such as The Christmas Witch, Pinkerton and Rose, Jimmy and Jimmy’s Boa and Clorinda from Kellogg’s work.

Since the beginning of his writing career, Kellogg has authored or collaborated on approximately 120 books. Looking back on his career and his lifelong interest in it, Kellogg once said, “I have always wanted to write and illustrate picture books, and, the more deeply involved in it I become, the more I find it to be an endlessly broad and fascinating art form. I enjoy illustrating my own books, and I love the challenge of devising the right visual accompaniment for the manuscripts of other authors.”

Kellogg resides in Essex, N.Y., with his wife, Helen.

The Mazza Museum has the distinction of being the first and largest teaching museum in the world specializing in original artwork from picture books. Its mission is to promote literacy through its educational programs and to collect, exhibit and preserve original art from children’s books.

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Posted on November 7, 2011, in Family events, Pop Culture and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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