Monsters in the Bookshelf Details

SAN FRANCISCO – Join the University of San Francisco’s Thacher Gallery for a dynamic exhibition of animation, book illustrations, and fine art that will be memorable for all ages. “Monsters in the Bookshelf” highlights Studio 5, a collective of children’s book illustrators and animators that includes the creator of Scooby Doo, a master toymaker, and winner of the Caldecott Award. Through the art of illustration and how-to books, these artists not only tell stories, but teach their craft.

The artists at Studio 5 span several generations and represent a range of children’s illustrators:

  • Bob Singer, designer (Hanna Barbara’s Scooby Doo and The Flintstones, Draw 50 Animal ‘Toons, Random House);
  • Kim Dwinell, animator/illustrator (Disney’s Mulan and Hercules, Surfside Girls);
  • Alice Provensen, Caldecott-winning illustrator (numerous Golden Books, Aesop’s Fables,
  • The Glorious Flight, and many others);
  • Marilyn Scott-Waters, toymaker and paper artist, (The Toymaker’s Workshop,; Search for Vile Things and The Toymaker’s Christmas)
  • J.H. Everett, illustrator and writer, (Haunted Histories, forthcoming with Marilyn Scott-Waters, Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt; Jim Henson Co.)
  • Cartoonist/satirist/Illustrator J.R. Johnson (Disney publications, Duncan McIntosh)
  • Andrew Mitchell, illustrator (Draw 50 Magical Creatures, Random House).

Designed with young children in mind, “Monsters in the Bookshelf” introduces the art of illustration in a variety of modes—from childhood sketchbooks to life-size canvases, from animation storyboards to book galleys, from whimsical dioramas to educational videos—reminding viewers of the creative exploration, fine art practices and dramatic structures behind visual storytelling. “Monsters in the Bookshelf” will include a tour and State-standardized curriculum for early elementary classes.

A lineup of fun, free public events will include an artist lecture/demonstration on Wednesday, September 21, 4-5 p.m. (McLaren 252, USF) followed by a gallery reception; an after-school program at Park Library (1833 Page St.) on Thursday, September 22; and “Kidquake at USF,” a morning of storytelling, demonstrations and art making with the artists in collaboration with Litquake, on October 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Thacher Gallery).

Located in the Gleeson Library/Geschke Center, the Thacher Gallery at USF and its events are free and open to the public during library hours.  2130 Fulton Street (at Parker), San Francisco, CA  94117.  Hours:  (415) 422-2044.  Info:  (415) 422-5178.  Sign up for the e-newsletter at: or