June 26 Declared 'Jerry Pinkney Day' in Honor of Celebrated Illustrator/Alum's Work at PMA

'Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney' on display June 28 through September 22 at Philadelphia Museum of Art

"The Old African," cover illustration for The Old African, 2005, ©2005 Jerry Pinkney Studio, All rights reserved; Detail on homepage.

June 17, 2013

To celebrate "Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney," an exhibit by noted illustrator Jerry Pinkney DIPL '60 (Advertising Design) on display June 28 – September 22 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, June 26, 2013, has been declared "Jerry Pinkney Day" throughout Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The award-winning artist will be presented with letters of commendation from U.S. Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz and the office of Governor Corbett.

A native of Philadelphia, Pinkney has been illustrating beloved children's books since 1964 and is the recipient of the 2010 Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished illustrated children's book for The Lion & the Mouse. He is the first individual African-American to be so honored.

"Jazz Greats" (Coleman Hawkins), 1884, illustration unpublished, Jerry Pinkney, 1984, ©1984 Jerry Pinkney Studio, All rights reserved.

His more than 100 books – translated into 16 languages and published in 14 countries – have earned him five Caldecott honors, five "Best Illustrated Books" awards from The New York Times, five Coretta Scott King Awards for outstanding children's books on the African-American experience and four Coretta Scott King Honors. He received the Silver Star Alumni Award from the University of the Arts in 1992, was honored by the Society of Illustrators with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and a Hall of Fame induction in 2011, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2012.

"Witness" comprises more than 100 drawings and watercolors, including designs for record album covers, commissions for African-American historic sites and luminous illustrations from his books, including such classics as The Patchwork Quilt (1985); John Henry (1994); Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman (1996); Black Cowboy, Wild Horses: A True Story (1998); The Old African (2005); and Sweethearts of Rhythm (2009).

"Cotton Club," illustration from Sweethearts of Rhythm, Jerry Pinkney, 2008, ©2008 Jerry Pinkney Studio, All rights reserved.

This exhibition – part of Art Splash, a suite of five family-friendly exhibitions, interactive art and play zones, and daily family programs – presents an overview of work by one of the country's finest visual storytellers.

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