A + for Educators: Illustrations by Patricia Polacco

January 31 through May 12, 2019

Alcoa Foundation/Ernest and Marjorie Cooper Gallery

Patricia Polacco is well known for her beautifully written and illustrated books that weave stories from her life into pages that have captured the imaginations of generations of readers. This exhibition highlights a selection of her books that celebrate and honor educators that made a difference in her life. Each book addresses a piece of Patricia’s childhood, from bullying, to learning difficulties, to teachers that pushed her to be her very best. Her books are honest and sometimes raw, exposing themes or issues that can be difficult to confront. This collection of stories is a striking reminder of the importance that good educators can play in a child’s life.

The exhibition features original art for Thank you, Mr. Falker, An A from Miss Keller, The Art of Miss Chew, The Lemonade Club, The Junkyard Wonders, and Mr. Wayne’s Masterpiece.

Meet Patricia Polacco

Don’t miss your chance to meet the famous Michigan author and illustrator Patricia Polacco on Thursday, April 25. Pick up one of Polacco’s books in the museum store to enjoy a free book signing from 1:00 to 3:00 pm with a reception to follow from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Join us in the auditorium for a lecture by Polacco herself at 7:00 pm. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Book Signing 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Reception 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Lecture by Patricia Polacco 7:00 pm


Additional project support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts