Across his fifty-year journey as an illustrator, Jerry Pinkney has cast a warm, curious eye on our world to create images that reflect his passion for life, his love of family and community, and his deep and abiding engagement with the rich complexities of history. Initially created for the covers and pages of periodicals, postage stamps, greeting cards, product advertisements, and well-traveled historic sites, Pinkney’s artworks have also appeared in more than one hundred books, garnering well-deserved acclaim. Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings explores the artist’s engagement with literature, and the process of creating meaningful visual solutions that expand and enliven a narrative. Artworks inspired by classic and contemporary literature, and by well-loved folk tales and fairy tales, will be on view.
The recipient of the 2010 Caldecott Medal, as well as five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards, and four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, Pinkney has received many commendations for his outstanding body of work, including the Original Art’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators, in 2006 and two Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Library Association, The Virginia Hamilton Award and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 2016. Always wishing to give back, he served on the United States Postal Service Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee for 10 years, from 1982 to 1992, and in 2003, was appointed to the National Council on the Arts/NEA, where he became an influential advocate for arts
“I am a storyteller at heart. There is something special about knowing that your stories can alter the way people see the world, and their place within it.”
– Jerry Pinkney
Always rooting for the underdog, he continues to make images that bear witness to an underlying belief that all things are possible. Reaching beyond their aesthetic and conceptual underpinnings, his vibrant illustrations reveal larger truths about who we are and who we might become.