Charles Santore: Fifty Years of Art and Storytelling

This first-ever retrospective of the work of Charles Santore (born 1935) traces the development of the internationally renowned illustrator from his commercial work of the 1960s to his most recent children’s book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2017). The exhibition includes illustrations for The Wizard of Oz, Paul Revere’s Ride, A Stowaway on Noah’s Ark, Snow White, and other books, together with theater posters, album covers, and celebrity portraits made for TV Guide in the 1970s and 1980s. Preliminary sketches, color studies, and dummy books show how Santore brings characters to life and makes them his own. The accompanying digital catalogue includes a conversation with the artist.

Born in Philadelphia, Santore graduated from the Philadelphia Museum School of Art (now the University of the Arts) in 1956. He began his career as a freelance illustrator working for advertising agencies and magazines including, TV Guide, Saturday Evening Post, Time, Life and many others. Since 1986 Santore has worked as a children’s book illustrator becoming one of the most respected and acclaimed illustrators of today.

His work has been the focus of several major exhibitions at the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Society of Illustrators in New York. He was also included in the nationwide traveling exhibition Myth, Magic and Mystery: One Hundred Years of American Children’s Book Illustration. Santore is the recipient of numerous awards including the Society of Illustrators Award of Excellence and the Hamilton King Award. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brandywine River Museum of Art, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Exhibition-Related Events

Members' tour

Saturday, February 24 | 1 pm


Guide: Rachel McCay, Assistant Curator, Woodmere Art Museum

Open House reception

Saturday, February 24 | 2 - 4 pm


02.17 | Workshop: Fun with Watercolor Painting | 10am-3pm
03.03 | Music: Astral Artists Family Concert: Music Through the Looking Glass |
03.10 | Lecture: "Toto, I've
 a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore" | 3pm
03.10-24 | Workshop: Visual Storytelling: The Art of Collage Illustration | 10am-1pm
03.15 | Cake Conversation, Tasting, and Reception | 6:30 pm
04.08 | Circus and Storytelling Family Festival | Noon-4pm
04.14 | Lecture: Contemporary Illustration | 3pm
04.30 | Lecture: Longfellow, Paul Revere, and the Creation of an American Mythology |
05.05 | Music: Down the Rabbit Hole: A Musical Narrative |


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