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The World Of Peter Sís Comes To College Station!

For Release: March 30, 2005
College Station, TX -

The Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library will be one of six stops for the art exhibit Discovering the World with Peter Sís. Sís’s artwork is filled with originality and creativity. His picture books for children are intricately drawn with graphic elegance and complexity that make them appealing to adults as well. They cover topics ranging from his father’s experiences in Tibet to the persecution of the astronomer Galileo to Darwin’s travels aboard The Beagle. The stories and illustrations show how exciting and magical our world is.

PETER SÍS, internationally acclaimed illustrator, author, and filmmaker, was born and raised in Czechoslovakia during the cold war. He attended the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. He began his career as a filmmaker and won the 1980 ‘Golden Bear Award’ from the Berlin Film Festivals for his animated short “Heads”. In 1982, Sís was sent to Los Angeles to produce a film for the Olympics. After the Soviet block countries pulled out of the 1984 Olympic Games, Sís decided to stay in the United States. When introduced by Maurice Sendak to the publishing field, he moved to New York in 1984.

Sís is the author of 20 books, the illustrator of another 42 books, and of numerous stories. He is proud of his six New York Times Best Illustrated Book Awards, his three Boston Globe-Horn Book trophies, his two Caldecott Honor recognitions, and the many awards he received in other countries around the world. Most of all he is happy that children in over 30 countries can read his books in 22 languages. In 2003 Sís was the first children’s book illustrator to be the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.

In addition to writing and illustrating books, Sís has designed many book jackets, posters, and fine art prints, and he has published nearly 1,000 editorial drawings in The New York Times Book Review and other leading newspapers and magazines. He has created collages, three-dimensional objects, and designed stage sets. His most recent public art, four mosaic murals commissioned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts for Transit, are being completed in Spring 2005 and the subject of a documentary TV-film.

Among the many exhibitions of his artwork were solo shows at Prague Castle, at the Public Library in New York, the Elvehjem Museum in Madison, Wisconsin, and at The Art Institute of Chicago.

Peter Sís lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife, Terry Lajtha, a documentary-film editor, their daughter, Madeleine, and son, Matej, and he works out of his Studio in New York.

The exhibit will be in the Ansary Gallery of American History from April 22 to July 4. The Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library hours are Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m. Museum admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for senior citizens 62+ and active retired military with ID, as well as groups of 20 or more with advance reservations. Children 6 and older are $2.00; TAMU and Blinn College students as well as children under 6 are free.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, Texas 77845
Telephone: (979) 691-4000 | Facsimile: (979) 691-4050 | TTY: (979) 691-4091