About the Curator William W. Dreyer
Along with his position as curator and director for the Art of Dr. Seuss collection, William Dreyer is recognized as the leading authority on the Art of Dr. Seuss with research focused on prominent public and private collections including The Dr. Seuss Estate, the Dr. Seuss archives at the University of California San Diego, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential library as well as important private collections.
In a 2003 interview, Dreyer reflected: “After seeing an amazing selection of rare and significant works hidden away in major Seuss collections, it was time to share these humorous, historic and quite unrestrained images with Seuss fans around the world”. In 2004, The Chase Group launched a Retrospective and International Touring Exhibition curated by William Dreyer that traveled to museums and fine art galleries across three continents.
As an 18 year Art world veteran (2008), Dreyer has spent the last 9 years researching the life and art of Theodor Seuss Geisel. “Though Seuss’s most lasting legacy remains his inimitable impact on children’s literacy, we are just now cracking open the door on his impact on the modern art world. The goal from the beginning of this project starting in 1997 has been to explore and share Ted Geisel’s little-known artistic legacy with the world. The response from connoisseurs and laypersons alike is that Dr. Seuss may well go down in history as one of the most significant artists of the 20th century.”
Dreyer continues to play a key part in the Fine Art publishing world by advancing standards in the print market and is a former member of the Art Publishers Association on both the Steering Committee and Standards Committee.
A new book and touring exhibition on the art and life of Theodor Seuss Geisel is planned for release in late 2009.