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Exhibition of illustrations from illustrator and author Loren Long coming to Orlando Museum of Art

Exciting news as New York Times bestselling author's vibrant illustrations are coming to OMA, featuring work from illustrator and author Loren Long.

Exhibition of illustrations from  illustrator and author Loren Long at Orlando Museum of Art

The Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) has revealed that it will present Something Like a Hello: Celebrating the Picture Book Art of Loren Long, on view from September 16 – December 10, 2023.

The exhibition will feature 69 works by Long, an American children's book author and illustrator of President Barack Obama’s picture book Of Thee I Sing. “It is more important now than ever to recognize the value and celebrate the art of children's illustrated literature. For the 9th year in a row, the Orlando Museum of Art is thrilled to partner with the National Center of Children’s Illustrated Literature, based in Abilene, Texas, to showcase the best uplifting stories through #1 New York Times bestselling author Loren Long’s vibrant illustrations, and reconnect multigenerational audiences to the vibrant spirit of children’s literature,” says Curator Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon.

Exhibition of illustrations from  illustrator and author Loren Long coming to Orlando Museum of Art

Loren Long grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He pursued graduate-level studies at the American Academy of Art in Chicago after graduating with a BA in Graphic Design/Art Studio from the University of Kentucky. After graduation, Long worked as an illustrator for a greeting card company in Cincinnati before beginning his career as a freelance illustrator. Since then, Long has received numerous accolades for his fluid Work Progress Administration (WPA) painting style of the 1930s and 1940s. The Society of Illustrators in New York awarded him two golden medals, and he has been frequently selected for their annual exhibition and book. His work has also appeared in many other major annual exhibitions held by such prestigious journals and magazines. Long’s clients include Time, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Boy’s Life, Land’s End, Sports Illustrated, and HBO. Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture book series Otis the Tractor. He is the illustrator of the re-illustrated edition of The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper and Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna. He illustrated Good Day, Good Night by Margaret Wise Brown, Love by Newbery Medalist Matt de la Peña, and There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake.

Interior of the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA)

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) is a regional asset, a member organization of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), Blue Star Museum, and a catalyst for life-long learning in service to the central Florida community and visitors from around the globe. The Orlando Museum of Art’s mission is to inspire creativity, passion, and intellectual curiosity by connecting people with art and new ideas. Their vision is to be a creative change agent for education, the center for artistic engage a place for civic, cultural, and economic development.

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Exterior of the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA)

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