(Kerrville, TX) -- Schreiner University will host visiting award-winning artist and author Brian Floca and welcome him to campus on Monday, April 23rd, at 7:00pm in the CCAC River Room as he discusses the life of a working artist and how to break in to the children’s literature market. This hour-long evening lecture is free and open to the public.
In addition to the Caldecott Medal, Floca's books have received four Robert F. Sibert Honor awards for distinguished informational books, a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators, and have twice been selected for the New York Times' annual “10 Best Illustrated Books” list.
According to the event’s organizer, Dr. William Woods, Floca will also have the opportunity during his stay to visit a graphic arts class where he will teach communication design majors some tricks of the trade as well as read to the elementary school students at the hill country micro-school on campus.
“We are so excited to have Brian on campus,” said Woods. “His artwork is amazing, and I know our students will learn a lot from him during his visit.” Woods said the university is particularly grateful to the donor who made this artist-in-residence visit possible, former Schreiner University president, Dr. Tim Summerlin.
“This particular lecture series is graciously funded by the Summerlin Visiting Artist Chair honoring both our former president and the memory of his nephews Reuben and Daniel Summerlin,” noted Woods.
Floca is the author/illustrator and illustrator of numerous award-winning books for children, including Locomotive, winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal, Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, Lightship, and The Racecar Alphabet.
He has illustrated Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, Laura Amy Schlitz's Princess Cora and the Crocodile, and the forthcoming Hawk Rising, by Maria Gianferrari.
Seating at Monday evening’s event will be limited and so community-members are urged to get to the event early. Floca will be signing books at the end of the event.
Floca was born and raised in Temple, Texas, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.