From drawing pictures for the stories he overheard as a boy in his family’s College Hill barbershop to the 2012 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor award for a book he illustrated, Terrace Park artist Will Hillenbrand has led a life full of colorful images and characters.
Those images and characters are on display in the exhibit “The Book Art of Will Hillenbrand” in the Main Library atrium through January 6, 2014. Selections include his illustrations from beloved children’s books such as Bear in Love, Spring Is Here!, Whopper Cake, Down by the Barn, Mother Goose Picture Puzzles, and Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep.
Join us at the Main Library on Sunday, December 8 for an Art Exhibit Opening Celebration from 2:00-4:00 p.m. During the reception, Will will talk about his career and sign books.
Besides the Parents' Choice award for Bear in Love, other accolades Hillenbrand has won include the 1990 Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators; a Notable Book Award from the American Library Association for the first picture book he illustrated, Traveling to Tondo; and Children's Choice Awards from the International Reading Association for Sam Sunday and the Mystery at the Ocean Beach Hotel and The House That Drac Built.
After graduating from The Art Academy of Cincinnati, Hillenbrand worked in advertising before getting his first book illustration job. Since then, he’s illustrated almost 60 books, including ones he has written, such as Asleep in the Stable, and What a Treasure!, written with his wife, Jane.