Distinguished Illustrator/Alum to Receive Pennsylvania Governor's Award for the Arts

Jerry Pinkney DIPL '60 (Advertising Design) to be honored with Distinguished Arts Award

The Lion & the Mouse, Caldecott Medal, 2010

August 19, 2013

Renowned illustrator Jerry Pinkney DIPL '60 (Advertising Design) can add yet another award to his collection: the prestigious Pennsylvania Governor's Award for the Arts, which honors outstanding Pennsylvania artists, arts organizations and patrons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts.

"It's a thrill to announce the distinguished honorees of this year's Governor's Awards for the Arts," said Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett, the chair of the Council on the Arts, which administers the awards. "The individuals in this exciting group of recipients have created enduring works of children's literature, made beautiful works of art, enhanced cultural organizations and communities, invested in community development, and provided examples of excellence and service for generations to come."

Banners promoting Pinkney's PMA exhibit can be seen outside the University's Hamilton Hall on South Broad Street.

The Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and Philadelphia native will receive the Distinguished Arts Award from Governor Tom Corbett at a free and open-to-the-public ceremony being held October 22 at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg.

Pinkney is the focus of a current exhibition of almost five decades of his work titled "Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney," which runs through September 22 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA). To celebrate the exhibit's opening, June 26, 2013, was declared "Jerry Pinkney Day" throughout Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

In addition to the PMA exhibit, the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Parkway branch is presenting its own exhibition, "Drawing on the Reverse Side: The Art and Life of Jerry Pinkney," through September 1.

Black Cowboy, Wild Horses, Washington Irving Children's Choice Award, 2002

The Governor's Awards for the Arts are administered by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency that works to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania, and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state.

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