Illinois State University Milner Library's International Collection of Child Art celebrates the creativity and innovative work produced by children with a global perspective.
Thought provoking representations of whimsical animals, fanciful portraits, musings on daily life, enchanting landscapes, and other imaginative themes provide a window for the viewer to share the often magical outlook of a child.
The work in this collection reflects the energy and inventiveness young artists bring to art-making and the profoundly imaginative vision they use to create images. The collection holds over 8,600 original works of art made by children representing more than fifty countries and cultures.
Many images include an audio description of the artwork. The audio description project was funded via a grant provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information about the audio descriptions or artwork, please contact April Anderson-Zorn, University Archivist.
Collected by the Christian Children’s Fund between 1973 and 1974, these works show the blending of Christian and local traditions, such Christmastime drawings of baby Jesus in a lotus blossom.
Abstract expressionism became one of the dominant artistic styles in the West in the years following WWII. These 1950s-era works reflect the feelings and anxieties of the mostly teenage artists.
Peaceful scenes of parks, farmland, natural areas, and small villages collected between 1969 and 1989.
The children of the Taos Pueblo Day School in New Mexico used brightly colored water-based paints to create these pieces between 1970 and 1971.