Brian Selznick The Dulcimer BoyFrom Houdini to Hugo:
The Art of Brian Selznick

February 15 – March 10, 2013
Fredda Turner Durham Children's Museum

Brian Selznick
The Dulcimer Boy: All he could
of was the boy in his arms
Pencil on watercolor paper

Award-winning author and illustrator Brian Selznick was born in New Jersey in 1966. His early childhood inspirations included movies such as Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, The Phantom of the Opera and many other 1950s science fiction and fantasy movies. Selznick’s parents encouraged his artistic and creative endeavors by supplementing his education with private art lessons and allowing him to create such fantasies as “Island of GI Joe” and “House for Trolls” in their East Brunswick backyard. Selznick studied at The Rhode Island School of Design and after graduation went on to work at Eeyore’s Books for Children in New York City. While working at the bookstore, Selznick wrote and illustrated his first book, The Houdini Box, which was published in 1991. Selznick’s career continues to flourish. He is the author and illustrator of over 16 books. In 2008, the Association for Library Service to Children gave the Caldecott Medal to Selznick for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, an award given annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book. On display in the Durham Children’s Museum from Friday, January 18 through Sunday, April 28, From Houdini to Hugo is a collection of 98 framed works of art ranging from acrylic paint on paper to pencil and ink drawings. This dynamic exhibition is accompanied by twenty text panels and sixteen display books for the public to read and enjoy during their Museum visit.


Where To Find Us

Museum of the Southwest
1705 W. Missouri Ave.
Midland, TX 79701