Renowned Illustrator/Alum Receives Distinguished Arts Award from PA Governor

Jerry Pinkney DIPL '60 (Advertising Design) honored with Pennsylvania Governor's Award for the Arts

October 24, 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.

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

Pinkney was the focus of a recent exhibition featuring almost five decades of his work titled "Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney," which ran 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 presented its own exhibition, "Drawing on the Reverse Side: The Art and Life of Jerry Pinkney," through September 1.

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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