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Woodland Pattern Book Center celebrates the life and art of David McLimans. This posthumous exhibition includes a selection of the artist’s exquisite collages, gently humorous sculptures made with found materials, book sketches, and sophisticated editorial illustrations. McLimans’ children’s books, including Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet (2007), recognized as a Caldecott Honor Medalist and a New York Times Illustrated Book of the Year, will be available for browsing in the store.
David McLimans (1948–2014) was born in Beaver Dam and attended high school in Green Bay; as an adult, he lived in rural Richland County and in Madison. His editorial illustrations graced The Progressive, The New York Times, Washington Post, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and many other publications, and he taught graphic design and illustration at UW-Whitewater, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and Madison College. As McLimans’ partner, Eva Hagenhofer, wrote shortly after his death: "With his art—in which light and dark oppose each other, share space, sometimes disturb, sometimes amuse—David wished to express his concern for the world beyond his drawing table, his hope that we humans can find ways to live in balance with each other and with the natural world."
Gratitude to Patrick JB Flynn, Lewis Koch, Michael Duffy, and Hannah McLimans for their support of this exhibition.