Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney
October 12, 2013-January 5, 2014
Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney is the first major exhibition to provide an overview of Caldecott Medal winner Jerry Pinkney's 50-year career as an illustrator and artist.
The exhibition touches on themes such as the African-American experience, the wonders of classic literature and the wisdom in well-loved folk tales. The works in the exhibition celebrate small extraordinary moments, as well as significant historical events, reflecting the artist's belief in the transformative power of visual storytelling in our lives.
More than 140 of Pinkney's luminous watercolor illustrations will be on display, including work from the classic picture books: A Patchwork Quilt (1985), Home Place (1990), John Henry (1994), Minty: A Story of a Young Harriet Tubman (1996), Black Cowboy, Wild Horses (1998), The Little Match Girl (1999), Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales (1999), The Old African (2005), The Lion & The Mouse (2009) and Sweethearts of Rhythm (2009).
In addition to his well-known work in children's books, illustrated commissions for a wide variety of clients, including the U.S. Postal Service, National Park Service, and National Geographic, will also be on view.
A native of Philadelphia, Jerry Pinkney studied at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) where he received the Alumni Award in 1992. He has been illustrating children’s books since 1964 and has produced illustrations for more than 100 titles.
Organization & Support
This exhibition was organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.