maurice sendak sketched portrait, exhibit at Fort Worth Central Library


November 13, 2021 to January 31, 2022


Fort Worth Public Library – Central View map
500 W. 3rd Street,
Fort Worth, TX, 76102

Additional Information


This exhibit at the Fort Worth Public Library- Central features a retrospective of original paintings and illustrations by acclaimed children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.  Admission is free for this engaging experience unlike anything presented before by your Fort Worth Public Library.

About Maurice Sendak
Maurice Sendak illustrated more than 100 picture books throughout his 60-year career including the 1963 classic and Caldecott Medal awarded Where the Wild Things Are, as well as Chicken Soup with Rice and In the Night Kitchen. 

Born in Brooklyn in 1928 to Jewish immigrant parents from northern Poland, Sendak grew up idolizing the storytelling abilities of his father, Philip, and his big brother, Jack. Aside from a few night classes in art after graduating high school, Sendak is a largely self-taught artist.  Throughout his career, he has taken characters, stories, and inspirations from his own neighbors, family, pop culture, historical sources and long-held childhood memories.

He won numerous awards as both an artist and illustrator, including a Caldecott Award, a Newberry medal, the international Hans Christian Andersen Award, a National Book Award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and a National Medal of Arts.  His books continue to be read by millions of children and adults and have been translated into dozens of languages and enjoyed all over the world.

Exhibit Hours
Sunday noon–6pm
Monday–Thursday noon–8pm
Friday–Saturday 10am–6pm

Additional Programming
In addition to the main exhibit downtown, other library locations will celebrate this unique exhibit with wonderful programming for adults, children and families. Look online for dates and locations for:

Wild Things Dance Parties: Perfect for toddlers and their caregivers. Come make a rumpus with Max and the Wild Things! Create your own party scepters and join us for a fun and noisy dance party.

Sink or Float: School-age children are invited to explore a sensory science activity inspired by Where the Wild Things Are. Make your own sailboat with different materials and see if you can sail it to the land of the wild things.

Land of the Wild Things: Let’s all take a journey to Where the Wild Things Are by creating our own land of the Wild Things! Families are invited to make trees, dream jars, and yarn-wrapped wild things.