2018-01-18 / Around Town

Hitting the Big Time


Claire Ma, 17-year-old author/artist who credits her creativity and inspiration for her book "Between the Lines" to a visit to the National Museum of American Illustration is seen here in Times Square. Claire Ma, 17-year-old author/artist who credits her creativity and inspiration for her book "Between the Lines" to a visit to the National Museum of American Illustration is seen here in Times Square. Claire Ma visited the National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) for the first time in 2014, with her parents, during a trip to Newport. She was so impacted by the illustration artworks and the stories they tell that she spent the next three years writing and illustrating her own children’s book, "Between the Lines." All proceeds from the book will be donated to build the first library in Ma Wang Xiang, an impoverished county in Hunan, China.

Ma returned to the NMAI in December to share her project with Laurence and Judy Cutler and revisit the collection. Upon viewing the latest exhibition, “The Art of Giving,” she was moved to donate one of her own works which would become the museum’s most contemporary work in the collection, and a part of the exhibition.

Garnering significant international attention for her work, Ma was recently featured with her book on the Nasdaq billboard in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, 2017, with one of Maxfield Parrish’s 18 works "A Florentine Fete, on permanent display in the North Loggia of the NMAI as her backdrop.

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