AOIF launches campaign to acquire iconic Charlotte’s Web cover art

UPDATE: AOIF HAS RAISED $225,000 OF ITS $300,000 FUNDRAISING GOAL HELP US CROSS THE FINISH LINE! “Some Terrific Pig.” Charlotte’s Web has captured hearts, young and old, for nearly three quarters of a century.  E.B. White’s classic tale of the unlikely friendship between a young pig named Wilbur and a barnyard spider named Charlotte has…

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AOIF Commissions ‘The Wiz at 50’ artwork

As part of our ongoing efforts to illuminate the cultural impact and importance of timeless stories and their inspired artworks, The Arts of Imagination Foundation is excited to announce a new commission by legendary scenic artist, Tom H. John which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Broadway musical, The Wiz. Winner of seven 1975 Tony…

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CELEBRATING OZ MAGIC AT BOOKS OF WONDER

The Lost Art of Oz founder, Brady Schwind, was honored to be a part of an expert panel discussion celebrating all things Oz at New York City’s legendary children’s bookstore, Books of Wonder. Joined by Tori Calamito from The Oz Vlog and Tara Tagliafero and Emily Kay Shrader of Down the Yellow Brick Pod, the afternoon included live music, a…

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AOIF reveals “First Night” collaboration with CDI

"First Night"

The Arts of Imagination Foundation is excited to announce a new collaboration with the Child Development Institute and 11:11 PROJECTS. This initiative will bring the participatory experience of fine art and interactive programming centered on the reflexive power of timeless stories to children and families in underserved communities of Los Angeles County. The Arts of…

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AOIF acquires John Collier’s controversial painting, “The Laboratory”

Los Angeles, CA, September 7, 2023 – The Arts of Imagination Foundation today announced their acquisition of John Collier’s artistic masterwork, The Laboratory, in a private sale negotiated by Christie’s in New York.  The 1895 oil painting is an instantly recognizable example of Victorian Gothic art and has rarely been displayed publicly. Its striking visuals…

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THE JOURNEY TOWARDS “HOME”

In April 2023, Brady Schwind, Executive Director of The Arts of Imagination Foundation, traveled to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to lead a guest lecture exploring how we look at art and timeless stories through the lens of different cultural perspectives. To illustrate the conversation, Schwind brought with him designer Tom H. John’s original scenic renderings…

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ARCHIVING THE ‘OZ CLUB’

As part of its ongoing preservation efforts through The Lost Art of Oz, The Arts of Imagination Foundation is pleased to be assisting The International Wizard of Oz Club with the cataloging of the Club’s archives, which includes rare original artworks by W.W. Denslow, John R. Neill, Frank Kramer, and Dick Martin.  Archival cataloging begins with measuring, photographing, and…

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REVISITING MARTIN AND DENSLOW AT THE KERLAN

The Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature at the University of Minnesota boasts one of the finest and largest archives of materials related to children’s literature in the world.  The Lost Art of Oz founder, Brady Schwind has teamed with Bill Campbell of The Oz Enthusiast to revisit and photograph the Kerlan’s collection of artwork drawn by original Oz book…

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“LOST ART” COMES TO EAST AURORA

“The Lost Art of Oz” founder, Brady Schwind was honored to be a keynote speaker at the International Wizard of Oz Club’s 2022 convention hosted in historic East Aurora, New York, home of the Roycrofters / Arts and Crafts movement.    ​​The Convention’s theme honored W.W. Denslow and the Royal Illustrators of Oz.  Brady spoke about his ongoing…

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MORE ‘LOST ART FOUND!

Recently, we chronicled the exciting rediscovery of an original full-page pen and ink illustration drawn by W.W. Denslow for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900.  This was the first major Oz find of its kind in decades, and it gave hope that even after over 120 years, works of this importance are still out there waiting to…

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