City of Fort Worth: Maurice Sendak exhibit to feature original artwork and activities


08 November 2021

Experience something wild at the central location of the Fort Worth Public Library.

Original works of art by Maurice Sendak, the beloved children’s author who wrote more than 100 picture books during his 60-year career, will be on display from November 13 to January 31, 2022. The exhibition and related activities are free and open to the public.

Maurice Sendak: The commemorative exhibit will feature some of Sendak’s original paintings and illustrations, as well as fun activities for all ages.

Sendak is perhaps best known for his book “Where the Wild Things Are”, published in 1963 and subsequently awarded the Caldecott Medal. Other well-known titles include “Chicken Soup with Rice” and “In the Night Kitchen”.

In addition to the exhibit and downtown activities, other Fort Worth Public Library locations will celebrate this unique exhibit with fun and interactive programming for adults, children and families. Take a look at the calendar.

The central location of the Fort Worth Public Library is at 500 W. Third St.

Born in Brooklyn in 1928 to immigrant Jewish parents from northern Poland, Sendak grew up idolizing the storytelling abilities of his father, Philip, and older brother, Jack. Aside from a few evening art classes after graduating from high school, Sendak is a largely self-taught artist. Throughout his career, he has taken characters, stories, and inspirations from his own neighbors, family, pop culture, historical sources, and long-standing childhood memories.

He has won numerous awards as an artist and illustrator, including a Caldecott Prize, a Newberry Medal, the Hans Christian Andersen International Prize, a National Book Prize, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize, and a National Medal of the Arts. His books continue to be read by millions of children and adults and have been translated into dozens of languages ​​and enjoyed around the world.

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This press release was produced by the City of Fort Worth. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.


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