Spirit of Wonder Wednesday - National Tour of the Pentel International Children’s Art Exhibition
The tour kicks off in Eldon, Iowa starting Friday. Then it travels across the country for the next ten months and lands in Los Angeles next spring.
The tour will visit the L.A. County Library system, with locations throughout Los Angeles County from May 4 to June 29, 2012. The exhibit holds a special place in Southern California. Odel Zadeh, age 11, of Southern California, was announced the winner of the 39th Pentel International Children’s Art Exhibition Foreign Ministry Award. The Foreign Ministry Award is the highest award given to an entrant outside of Japan.
Founded by Pentel in 1970 in Osaka, Japan, the ICAE encourages the vivid imagination of children. The ICAE annually evaluates more than 70,000 entries, representing 33 different countries and territories around the world. As the highest award an individual can receive from overseas, Odel is now in the elite company of nine other children, worldwide, to receive such a title.
Artwork is judged on the basis of originality, clearly expressed content. and cultural expression. Representatives from Biiku Bunka Kyokai (the Foundation of Art Education in Japan), art professors and teachers from various countries comprise the distinguished panel of judges. It takes the panel roughly four months to determine the winners.
Each year, several exhibitions consisting of thousands of multi-national, award-winning pieces are assembled to tour around the world. In previous years, award-winning pieces toured Japan, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Russian Federation, the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.