Little Shop of Stories Focus Fellowship

Brendan Wenzel

Brendan Wenzel is 2017's recipient of the Little Shop of Stories Focus Fellowship, awarded to an artist of any discipline making work for young children.

In residence October 21 - November 21, 2017

Brendan Wenzel is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has appeared internationally in children’s books, animations and magazines. An ardent conservationist, he is a proud collaborator with many organizations working to ensure the future of wild places and threatened species, especially within Southeast Asia.

Brendan’s latest book They All Saw A Cat is the recipient of the 2017 Caldecott Honor, an award given to an artist of the most distinguished picture book for children. The Caldecott Honor is a citation given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA).


AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Executive Director Brandon Hinman at