Norman Rockwell Museum To Present Artist Laureate Honorary Lecture with Illustrator Jerry Pinkney

Stockbridge, MA, June 7, 2016—Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Imaginings,” an afternoon with Jerry Pinkney, the Museum’s newest Artist Laureate, on Saturday, June 18, starting at 1 p.m. An award-winning illustrator, Pinkney will present a special talk about his picture books, which reflect his love of literature, history, and personal identity. His books include The Lion and the Mouse, The Tortoise and the Hair, The Tales of Uncle Remus, The Old African, Minty, The Little Match Girl, The Patchwork Quilt, God Bless the Child, and many others. Mr. Pinkney is also the recipient of the Caldecott Honor Award, the 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and the 2016 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. A display of his original watercolor paintings and process studies will be on view, and a book signing and reception will follow. The event is free for members or with regular Museum admission.

Jerry Pinkney’s art has captivated the imaginations of readers throughout the world. The illustrator of more than 100 children’s books, he has earned the field’s highest honors, including the Caldecott Medal, Caldecott Honor Medals, and Coretta Scott King Awards. Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney was organized by Norman Rockwell Museum in 2010, going on to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, High Museum of Art, and the African American Museum in Dallas, among others. Imaginings, the Museum’s current exhibition of the artist’s work, is now on national tour.
Norman Rockwell Museum Artist Laureate Award

The commendation of Artist Laureate honors the contributions of outstanding visual artists whose exceptional dedication to Norman Rockwell Museum and its mission have guided and advanced the work of the institution. The commendation of Artist Laureate honors the contributions of outstanding visual artists whose exceptional dedication to the Museum and its mission have guided and advanced the work of the institution. The Artist Laureate fosters an understanding and appreciation of the art of Norman Rockwell, the art of illustration, and Norman Rockwell Museum’s continued leadership in the vanguard of preservation and interpretation relating to this important aspect of American visual culture. Former Artist Laureates include: Barbara Nessim (2008-10), David Macaulay (2011-13), and the late Murray Tinkelman (2014-16).

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