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January 18, 2006

Center for the Book Co-Sponsors Art Exhibition with Meridian International on "The Exploration of Place"

“This Is Our Land: Discovering America and the World Through Original Illustrations from Children’s Books” opens Feb. 18 at Meridian International Center

In partnership with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, Meridian International Center’s fourth exhibition drawn from children’s picture books, "This Is Our Land," opens on Saturday, Feb. 18, and runs through April 30, 2006.

To celebrate the opening, a special reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Meridian’s White-Meyer Galleries, 1624 Crescent Place N.W., Washington, D.C. The reception is free and open to the public.

The exhibition, which will be on view at White-Meyer during regular gallery hours from 2 to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, includes 80 original artworks by well-known illustrators depicting pastimes and natural wonders from all 50 U.S. states, together with images of life in 20 countries around the world. Its theme is the importance of the "exploration of place," whether through discovering a neighborhood, learning about nature, exploring one’s roots locally, or by finding America and the world through travel. Children’s literature expert Leonard S. Marcus served as a principal consultant for the project.

"The Center for the Book is delighted to be a partner in this exhibition, which will tour the country under the auspices of Meridian’s Traveling Exhibition Service," said Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole. "The connections among place, books and reading already are part of two center projects, one encouraging the development of literary maps, the other, "River of Words," an environmental poetry and art contest for young people. Moreover, many state Center for the Book coordinators collaborated with the Meridian International Center in the development of "This Is Our Land."

For general information about the exhibition, the center and other special tours, call Meridian’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Office at (202) 939-5568. Information about the exhibition is also available at www.meridian.org.

The Center for the Book, established in 1977 as a public-private sector partnership, uses the resources of the Library of Congress to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy and libraries. For further information about its activities, visit www.loc.gov/cfbook.

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PR 06-020
01/18/06
ISSN 0731-3527

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