PORTLAND – The University of New England Art Gallery hosts the exhibition “Children’s Book Illustrators” through Oct. 30.

The show, which features local and nationally known illustrators, is part of the statewide Maine Drawing Project, a collaboration of more than 20 museums and galleries. (See Page D3 for a review.)

Children’s book illustrators are fine artists whose work seeks to engage young people. The UNE exhibition offers an array of works by some of the best artists in this genre, including Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss, Jules Feiffer, Jerry Pinkney, Eric Carle, Leonard Baskin, E.B. Lewis, Barbara Cooney, Mo Williams, Jane Dyer, Stephen Kellogg, Mordicai Gerstein, Scott Nash, Nonny Hogrogian, Lisa Jahn-Clough, Karla Gudeon, Chris Raschka, Barry Moser, Tina Schart Hyman, Leo Lionni, William Steig, James Gurney, Diane deGroat, Melissa Sweet, Dahlov Ipcar, Gail Page, Holly Meade, Kate Doyle and others.

UNE will host two education programs in connection with the show. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6, Lois Lowry, author of several award-winning children’s books, will discuss her work. She is represented in this exhibition by two illustrations from her “Anastasia” series and one work from her “Sam” series.

From 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Rich Michelson, a poet and owner of Michelson Galleries in Northampton, Mass., will talk about his four children’s books illustrated by Leonard Baskin that are featured in this exhibition. They include “A Book of Flies Real or Otherwise,” “Animals that Ought to Be,” “Did You Say Ghosts” and “Ten Times Better.”

The gallery is open 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The gallery is toward the back of the campus at 716 Stevens Ave., Portland.

For more information, go online to une.edu/artgallery.