Enjoy this video from the 2020 winter exhibition 20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators, a curated view of children’s illustrators from across the mitten.

Amy Young
Untitled – Illustration from A Unicorn Named Sparkle
Pen and ink drawing with gouache on Fabriano Uno paper, 2016
Courtesy of the Artist


The Muskegon Museum of Art organized this curated view of children’s illustrators from across the mitten in recognition of the artistic talent stemming from within our state. We were thrilled to exhibit the work of both nationally recognized household names in children’s literature alongside emerging illustrators from the state in this 2020 winter exhibition. The exhibition was a collaged experience, celebrating the differences within the illustrative process that exemplifies the various ways artists come to create a piece, and challenges the viewer to adjust their definition of what it means to be an illustrator. From paintings, drawings, and collages, to pieces that are entirely digitally rendered, the exhibition celebrated the diversity found among illustrators here in Michigan.

Jeffrey Brown
Illustration from My Teacher is a Robot (pages 20-21)
Pen and ink drawing on illustration board
Courtesy of the artist

The Artists

Jeffery Brown
Dave Coverly
Lori Eslick
Brianne Farley
Leslie Helakoski
Rebecca Howe
Laurie Keller
Sara Kendall
Amy Nielander
Deb Pilutti
Patricia Polacco
Corinne Roberts
Robert Sabuda
Heidi Woodward Sheffield
David Small
Jane Stoepker
Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
Heather Workman
Amy Young
Aaron Zenz

Rebecca Howe
Let’s Go
Acrylic and digital drawing on paper, 2018
Courtesy of the artist

20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators was underwritten by The Folkert Family Foundation and the DTE Foundation.