Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney
June 14 - September 9, 2012
Experience the art of Jerry Pinkney, a master of the American picture book whose powerful, heart-warming stories reflect personal and cultural themes, and explore the African-American experience in words and pictures. This exhibition, celebrating an artistic journey that has continued for 50 years, offers memorable perspectives on life’s small but extraordinary moments and on significant historical events that are brought into focus through his art. The power of classic literature and the meaning of visual storytelling in our lives is made clear in the work of this legendary illustrator who became “the voice that others may not have had.”
This retrospective exhibition, which was organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, also has an accompanying 96-page catalog tracing illustrator Jerry Pinkney's 50-year career producing some of the most highly acclaimed children's books of our time. The catalog is filled with wonderful color illustrations and essays written by Jerry Pinkney, Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, Dr. Gerald L. Early, Steven Heller, Leonard S. Marcus, and Dr. Joyce K. Schiller.
A popular and critically acclaimed artist, Jerry Pinkney was recently presented with the prestigious Caldecott Medal, awarded to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children that year. The recipient of five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards, four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, and a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Illustrators in New York, the artist has also served on the Board of the National Endowment for the Arts, and on the National Postal Service’s Citizen Stamp Advisory Council. "Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney" has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The exhibit is made possible locally by a generous grant from the General Motors Foundation, Presenting Exhibition sponsor for the 2012 Wright Benefit: For The Love of Literacy.