DeKALB – The Northern Illinois University Art Museum will present three in-person lectures by award-winning illustrator, James E. Ransome, from Thursday, October 13 through Saturday, October 15.

The lectures are free and open to the public.

Ransome will be joined by his wife, author Lesa Cline-Ransome, with whom he often collaborates, to discuss their suite of illustrated children’s literature exhibits.

The three conferences include:

  • “Public Joint Talk One Book, One Page, One World: The Artistic Journey of Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome” from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, at the Music Building, Recital Hall. Cline-Ransome and Ransome will share their beginnings as authors and illustrators, the creative process from idea to review, and how they navigate the business and the art of writing and illustrating children’s books .
  • “Public Talk A Harmony of Pictures and Words” from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, October 13 in Altgeld Hall 125. Ransome will examine how pictures are worth a thousand words. The picture book format is a perfect union for words and pictures. Illustrations aren’t just pretty pictures; they are an essential part of the storytelling. Her presentation will take you on a journey that shares how illustrations communicate with words to make a wonderful wedding.
  • Informal Artist Talk by James E. Ransome 2 p.m., NIU Art Museum Rotunda Gallery, Public Talk Closing Reception, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, October 15.

Ransome’s exhibition, “Everyday People: The Art of James E. Ransome,” is organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas, and on view at the NIU Art Museum from Tuesday, August 23 through Saturday, October 23. 15.

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