Storied Drawing

Illustrations and Artwork by:
Rebecca Green, Ginnie Hsu, Hillery Sproatt and Libby Vander Ploeg

6.7 – 9.6, 2019

Exhibition Opening June 7 featuring The Accidentals

How many images have you encountered today? We are inundated with imagery at a frenetic pace, and we rarely consider how those images came to us or why they bring us joy. “Storied Drawing” sheds light upon the lovingly laborious process behind the images we experience in the world around us. This group show brings together four diverse visual storytellers whose drawing-based works live in the worlds of .gifs, interactive illustration (featuring conductive ink!), animation, editorial illustration, home goods, and more!

We all have a story to tell, and we experience a powerful sense of community and beauty when we share our stories. By creating personal, playful, and authentic stories each of the dynamic artists in “Storied Drawings” share a piece of themselves in the process. Whether functional objects, children’s books, or well-designed digital experiences, visual storytelling has to potential to positively impact our quality of life if we take the time to let it. This exhibit is a space to pause and ponder in a world of immediacy: what is your story, and how will you tell it?

is an illustrator, painter, and self-proclaimed make-believe maker. She works mainly in guache, pencil, and ink as an illustrator for children’s and young adult books, magazines, and galleries. She is the illustrator of The Unicorn in the Barn, From Far Away, and The Glass Town Game. She currently lives with her husband in Osaka, Japan.

Some of her clients include HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, The Wall Street Journal and Flow Magazine.

How to Make Friends with a Ghost is Rebecca’s first picture book. It received recognition as a Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of 2017 pick, and Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design – Children winner. Illustrated with love and care, this whimsical story about ghost care is the perfect combination of offbeat humor, quirky and sweet illustrations, and the timeless theme of friendship.

is an Illustrator, a Designer, Educator, and a Maker currently living in Starkville, Mississippi. Ginnie conducts research in Behavioural Science, Emotion and Visual Arts.

Her love for drawing began in her childhood in Taiwan, and her work is often inspired by everyday life, nature, human living, travel and old artifacts she randomly finds.

Ginnie is most passionate about helping others, and she loves mixing new and traditional media to create magic for all. She believes that well-designed digital experiences and technology can improve the quality of human living, and her goal is to design, make, and create things that have an impact on society. Having this personal mission statement in mind, her design and research have been focusing on human-centered design for the greater good.

Libby VanderPloeg
is an illustrator and designer who grew up in Michigan on the edge of the Great Lakes dunes in a little town called Grand Haven. Since then, she’s lived in Grand Rapids, Chicago, New York, and Stockholm. Her work comes out of her deep affinity for storytelling, music, letterforms, printed ephemera, and wildlife.


None of her works could have been made without the world’s finest brioche and several good, strong cups of coffee.

Libby’s clients include: Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, Design*Sponge, Netflix, Kazoo Magazine, Time Out, The Knot, Anthropologie, Werk, Surface Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, SELF, Supergoop!, Eater, Epicurious, Fine Cooking, Food 52, Instagram, Tumblr, Ann Taylor LOFT, TED Talks, Chipotle, Comedy Central, SW Basics, MacMillan, Harper Collins, Abrams, Penguin, Crown, Doubleday, Workman Publishing, Smith Street Books, Hardie Grant UK, and Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

is driven by her desire to make fine art functional. Her background in fine art coupled with the early influence of her mother, fiber artist and clothing designer, Debra Weiss, fueled her love for pattern and design. By translating her paintings into textiles, Hillery is able to indirectly be part of others’ lives by bringing them joy and comfort.

Inspired by Japanese, Scandinavian and Eastern European design, her playful organic shapes, whimsical landscapes, and childlike creatures draw connection between home and nature. Designed to inspire sweet dreams, her intuitive painting process lends itself to the discovery of beautiful patches of densely knit pattern and abstract marks.

Hillery’s artful textiles are proudly made in the USA with thoughtfully sourced sustainable materials and production methods. Designed with our everyday needs in mind, blankets can be machine washed and dried. Each blanket is made from from 80% recycled cotton and 20% poly, making them the perfect weight for year-round use. 

Hillery’s collaborations include works for: Rejuvenation and Unison

Storied Drawings is sponsored by Perrigo, Phil’s Bar and Grille, Dave Hulst of Coldwell Banker, First National Bank of Michigan, Kathleen Markland, and Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

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