Drawing on the Reverse Side: The Art and Life of Jerry Pinkney '60

Free Library of Philadelphia | Central Library

Exhibit by award-winning illustrator/alumnus Jerry Pinkney DIPL ’60 (Advertising Design) held in conjunction with his retrospective "Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from June 28 to September 22.

The library exhibit uses documents and photographs to trace Pinkney’s Philadelphia roots, exploring his childhood and youth. "Drawing on the Reverse Side" also features related programming, including panel sessions with Pinkney and his family reading passages from his books and giving their views of his life and work.

A reception and conversation with Jerry Pinkney takes place on Monday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the West Gallery and Executive Board Room at the Parkway Central Library. The reception will be followed by a lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the Montgomery Auditorium.

One of the most beloved artists in children’s literature, Jerry Pinkney has illustrated more than 100 books over the course of his five-decade career. The recipient of the 2010 Caldecott Medal for his children’s picture book The Lion and the Mouse (cover pictured above). Pinkney grew up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. His work touches upon personal and cultural themes of the African-American experience, the majesty of wildlife, and the wisdom of folk tales. His many other awards include five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Book Awards, four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, and a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Illustrators in New York.

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