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"Jerry Pinkney – Illustrator"
2003-02-06 until 2003-02-25
Northern Westchester Center for the Arts
Mt. Kisco, NY, USA United States of America

The Northern Westchester Center for the Arts is proud to announce the eighth annual Black History Month Celebration. This year, the Opus 2000 Art Gallery at NWCA will feature an exhibit by one of America’s favorite artist/illustrators Jerry Pinkney. The exhibit will feature original paintings from his many published works including book covers, stamps for the U. S Post Office and rare posters never before displayed in galleries. Also, Mr. Pinckney has donated two original prints which were framed and auctioned at the opening of the exhibition on February 6th. Co-chairs Shirley Cheatham Mosley and Clarice Cheatham Imbriano are sisters and have been supervising coordinators for Black History Month at NWCA for eight years.

According to Cheatham Mosley, “After years of knowing the Pinkney family, it gives me great pleasure to have Jerry’s work exhibited at the NWCA gallery. I am looking forward to this event and sharing his extraordinary talent with our community. Gloria Jean Pinkney will also be a part of our family Day and will read from selections of her work.”

NWCA will also host the 8th Annual Black History Month Family Day, February 16th from 1:30 – 4:30 PM. The family celebration day will include music, book readings and signings by Gloria Jean Pinkney, and workshops in hair braiding, African dance and many other cultural arts. Vendors will display and sell an array of African, art, clothing and crafts. NWCA welcomes the community to attend these outstanding multi-arts events featuring African American artists and performers. Donations accepted at door. Each workshop is $10.00 including materials.

Jerry Pinkney is a native of Philadelphia, where he graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts), and where, in 1992, he received the Alumni Award. Mr. Pinkney, recipient of the second annual Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, has been illustrating children's books since 1964, illustrating over eighty titles. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of four Caldecott Honor Medals; namely, for John Henry by Julius Lester, The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci, Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia McKissack, and most recently The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen. He has received the Coretta Scott King Award five times for several books including Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman and he has received a Coretta Scott King Honor Award twice. Further, he has received seven awards for a body of work. The American Library Association and the National Council of Social Studies/Children’s Book Council have cited many of his books as notable books. In 1990, Booklist recognized Tales of Uncle Remus by Julius Lester as one of the best books of the decade. In addition to The Ugly Duckling, he has recently illustrated Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl as well as Julius Lester's Black Cowboy, Wild Horses and Barbara Diamond Golden's Journeys of Elijah: Eight Tales of the Prophet. Jerry Pinkney was a United States Nominee for the 1997 Hans Christian Anderson Illustration Medal; and awarded four gold medals, four silver medals and the Hamilton King Award, from the Society of Illustrators, New York, NY.

In addition to his work in children’s books, Pinkney has been featured in over 30 one-man retrospectives at museum venues ranging from the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists in Roxbury to the California African American Museum in Los Angeles and the Art Institute of Chicago, among them. He has exhibited in over one hundred group shows in the USA, Japan, Russia, Italy, Taiwan and Jamaica. Jerry has illustrated for a wide variety of clients, including the US Postal Service; National Park Service, and National Geographic. He was invited to create a painting for the 30th Bologna Book Fair, Bologna, Italy; and the NASA Art Collection at the John F. Kennedy Space Center. He was appointed to serve on the U S Postal Services Citizen Stamp Advisory Committee (1982 – 1992). In 2001, Jerry was invited by Laura Bush to illustrate and design the White House Christmas Program. He has held professorships teaching art at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY: the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware; and the University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean, in Westchester, New York.

Jerry Pinkney,
John Henry, 1994

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