Drivers, Dancers, Mice and Moon

February 8, 2011 - April 9, 2011
Central Library, Youth Wing
Children's Book Art

Illustrations by Brian Floca

I grew up loving to draw, with frequent trips to the library. It's a privilege to be able to keep those favorite things at the center of my work as an adult. I owe a great deal to family and teachers for their support and encouragement when I was a kid.

Then I had the good fortune to study in college with David Macaulay, and in graduate school with Emily Arnold McCully — author/illustrators who helped me see how interesting the children's book can be. The authors I've worked with since then — including Avi, Patricia MacLachlan, Megan McDonald, and Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan — and my editors and art directors provide further inspiration. Still more inspiration comes from talented friends who are also illustrators here in Brooklyn, where we must have more children's book illustrators per square mile than anywhere else in the country. That makes it a special honor to be able to show my work here, at Brooklyn Public Library.

Brian FlocaBrian Floca was born and grew up in Temple, Texas. He attended college at Brown University, received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and has lived in Brooklyn for close to 10 years. His books have received three Robert F. Sibert Honor awards, been selected for the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books list, received a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators, been chosen as American Library Association Notable Children's Books and received other honors.

Photograph of Brian Floca by Gregg Richards

To contact Brian Floca:
brianfloca.com

BPL - Exhibition, Brian Floca, Drivers, Dancers, Mice and Moon, from 'Moonshot: the Flight of Apollo 11'
From Moonshot: The Flight  of Apollo 11, 2009
courtesy of Atheneum/Simon  & Schuster
© Brian Floca

BPL - Exhibition, Brian Floca, Drivers, Dancers, Mice and Moon: Ballet Finale
Ballet Finale
From Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, 2010
courtesy of Roaring Brook Press
© Brian Floca

BPL - Exhibition, Brian Floca, Drivers, Dancers, Mice and Moon: Racecar Four
Racecar Four
From The Racecar Alphabet, 2003
courtesy of Atheneum/ Simon & Schuster
© Brian Floca

BPL - Exhibition, Brian Floca, Drivers, Dancers, Mice and Moon: Poppy
Poppy
Book  cover for Poppy's Return, 2005
courtesy of Harper Collins
© Brian Floca