Waking Worlds: Wondrous Reads for Curious Minds

Waking Worlds: Wondrous Reads for Curious Minds

MMAM debuts it's new literary arts gallery with an exhibition featuring original illustrations from three book projects; World of Wonders, Wake Up Island, and Hush, Hush, Forest, all published locally.

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) will debut its new literary arts gallery, the Steven and Barbara Slaggie Family Gallery, by producing a 2,300 square foot exhibition that taps into the ageless beauty of wonder, presenting three lauded and celebrated books turned exhibition experiences that run concurrently with the Museum’s Flora & Fauna season - a suite of exhibitions and public programs that explore the plants and animals of our mysterious and brilliant world. 

The exhibition features original illustrations from three book projects; Mary Casanova’s Wake Up Island (University of Minnesota Press) and Hush, Hush, Forest (University of Minnesota Press) as illustrated by printmaker Nick Wroblewski, and World of Wonder: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments (Milkweed Editions) written by Aimee Nezhukumatathil and illustrated by Fumi Nakamura. Selections from all three books will be accompanied by wood carvings from the Minnesota Marine Art Museum’s collection of Leo and Mariylyn Smith folk art - a collection of sculptures informed by the whimsy and wonder of the Mississippi River marine environments - interspersed throughout the gallery.

Museum Hours

Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 5pm

Image:  Fumi Nakamura (American, b. 1984), Axolotl (2022), graphite and colored pencil on paper. 

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