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  EXPERIENCE

Fine Artist and Freelance Illustrator with over 30 years of experience illustrating books, magazines, posters, calendars, ads, collectors' plates, brochures, figurines, dolls, and individual painting commissions.  Clients include:

 

  1974 to Present

United States Postal Service
Scholastic, Inc.
Scott Foresman/Addison Wesley
The Smithsonian Institution
Columbia House
Houghton-Mifflin
Anheuser-Busch
RCA
NBC Television
McGraw-Hill Publishers
Peachtree Publishers
Crown Publishers
Essence Magazine
Avon Books
McMillan Publishing Co.
The Franklin Mint
United Nations Postal Administration
American Bible Society
The Nature Conservancy
Silver Burdett Ginn
Just Us Books
Danbury Mint
Ashton-Drake Galleries
Easton Press
Hennessy Cognac
Schenley Affiliated Brands
The Crisis Magazine
The Bell System
Random House Publishers
Dodd, Mead Publishers
Black Enterprise Magazine
Smirnoff
Frito-Lay
Walker Publishing Co.
Postal Commemorative Society
    
       and numerous
      advertising firms.
    
1982-1983
 

Designer / Illustrator - Russ Berrie Co., Oakland, NJ Package, toy, figurine and novelty designing.
 

EXHIBITIONS Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (1974)
Hunter College, New York, NY (1975)
DuSable Museum of African-American History, Chicago, IL (1977)
The Children's Museum, Indianapolis, IN (1981)
Bergen Community Museum, Paramus, NJ (1985)
Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN (1988)
Tennessee State University, Van Gordon Memorial Gallery, Nashville, TN (1992)
Talladega College, Talladega, AL (2002)

 
EDUCATION
Phillips University, Enid, OK (1969-1970)
Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN
       Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising Design (1973)
 
MEDIA COVERAGE The Arkansas Gazette: July 16, 1976
The Record (New Jersey): March 8, 1976; February 18, 1982; April 8, 1992
The Star Ledger (New Jersey): February 16, 1976; February 23, 1992
Artist Market: 1983, p. 146
Plate World: March/April 1989
Arkansas Democrat/Gazette: October 10, 1997
"Talk of the Town", Channel 5 Television, Nashville, TN, March 1992
Upscale magazine: November 1997, p. 45.
 
HONORS
  • Awarded Certificate of Merit, 21st Annual National Exhibition of the Society of Illustrators
  • Awarded 1979 CEBA Award of Merit for work in Black Enterprise Magazine.

  • Featured in the Anheuser-Busch television commercial for "Roots: The Second Generation," advertising the "Great Kings Of Africa" series of paintings, which includes three Higgins Bond paintings.

  • Presented the "Key to the City" by Mayor William H. Hudnut III of Indianapolis, IN (1981)

  • Received Medal of Honor from the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Committee honoring distinguished Arkansans in 1986, presented by Governor Bill Clinton.

  • Illustrator of the Jan Matzeliger (1991), W.E.B. DuBois (1992), and Percy L. Julian (1993) 29-cent commemorative stamps for the United States Postal Service.

  • Book Award of Excellence (1993) for When I Was Little, by Toyomi Ingus, awarded by the Multicultural Exchange.

  • Parents' Choice Approval Seal (1998) for Song of La Selva: A Story of A Costa Rican Rain Forest,  by Joan Banks.

  • Inducted in the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame (1997)

  • Member of the National Society of Illustrators - New York, NY.

  • Illustrator of four stamps for the United Nations Postal Administration on Endangered Species, issued February 2001.

  • Served as one of six judges for the 2006 Federal Duck stamp Contest.  Sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Winner 2007 Green Earth Book Award for A Place for Butterflies, Honoring writers and illustrators of the best in Environmental literature for youth. Given by the Newton Marasco Foundation.

  • Winner 2009 Ashley Bryan Award for outstanding contributions to children's literature.  Presented by the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

  • Artist-In-Residence, University Of North Carolina at Charlotte, Department of Africana Studies, February 13-17, 2012

  • Winner 2014 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award for Children’s Literature, for A Place For Turtles by Melissa Stewart, given by the Sigurd Olsen Environmental Institute at Northland College, Ashland WI.

    Winner 2014 Green Earth Book Award for A Place For Turtles by Melissa Stewart, honoring writers and illustrators of the best in environmental literature for youth. Given by The Nature Generation.

    Guest lecturer at numerous colleges, universities and schools

BOOKS ILLUSTRATED

1999 Facts About Blacks by Raymond M. Corbin, Beckham House Publishers (c)1986

When I Was Little by Toyomi Ingus, Just Us Books (c)1992 www.justusbooks.com

Ancient Rome by Daniel Cohen, Doubleday (1992) www.amazon.com 

Time for Sleep by Claire Chapelle, Macmillan/McGraw Hill (c)1993

Young Martin's Promise by Walter Dean Myers, Raintree Steck-Vaughn (c)1993 www.amazon.com

Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice by Garnet Nelson Jackson, Modern Curriculum Press (c)1994  www.amazon.com

Susie King Taylor Destined To Be Free by Denise M. Jordon, Just Us Books (c)1994 www.justusbooks.com

Toni Morrison, Author by Garnet Nelson Jackson, Modern Curriculum Press (c)1995 www.amazon.com

Handshake in Space by Sheri Tan, Smithsonian Institution and The Trudy Corporation (c)1998   www.amazon.com

Song of La Selva: A Story of A Costa Rican Rain Forest by Joan Banks, The Nature Conservancy and the

Soundprints division of the Trudy Corporation (c)1998 www.amazon.com

Do Whales Have Belly Buttons? By Melvin and Gilda Berger, Scholastic Inc. (c)1998 www.scholastic.com/teacherstore

Why Do Volcanoes Blow Their Tops? by Melvin and Gilda Berger, Scholastic Inc. (c)1999 www.scholastic.com/teacherstore

Do Tornadoes Really Twist? By Melvin and Gilda Berger, Scholastic Inc. (c)2000 www.scholastic.com/teacherstore

Do Penguins Get Frostbite? by Melvin And Gilda Berger, Scholastic Inc. (c)2000 www.scholastic.com/teacherstore 

Death Comes For the Archbishop by Willa Cather, The Easton Press (c)2001

Hey, Daddy! Animal Fathers and Their Babies by Mary Batten, Peachtree Publishers (c)2002 www.peachtree-online.com

Trails Above the Tree Line by Audrey Fraggalosh, Soundprints division of the Trudy Corp. (c)2002 www.amazon.com

Where Did The Butterfly Get Its Name? by Melvin and Gilda Berger, Scholastic Inc. (c)2000 www.scholastic.com/teacherstore

Jesus Is Born (Book 12 Level 2) based on Luke 2.1-21, text adapted by Suszette Haden Elgin   American Bible Society (c)2002

Jesus Prays To His Father (Book 19 Level 1) Base on Mathew 26. 36-45, Text adapted by Suzette Haden Elgin. American Bible Society (c)2002

The Seven Seas, Exploring the World Ocean by Linda Viera, Walker & Company (c)2003 www.amazon.com

Groundhog at Evergreen Road by Susan Korman, Soundprints division of the Trudy Corporation and the Smithsonian Institution (c)2003 www.amazon.com

Then I Think of God by Martha Whitmore Hickman, Albert Whitman & Company, (c)2003 www.amazon.com

Who Has A Belly Button? by Mary Batten, Peachtree Publishers (c)2004 www.peachtree-online.com

Pen Pals by Michael Rose Ramirez, Mondo Publishing, (c)2004 www.mondopub.com

The Christmas Pea Coat by Richard H Schneider, Ideals Children's Books, (c)2004  www.amazon.com

I Am Sacajawea, I Am York, by Claire Rudolf Murphy, Walker & Company (c)2004 www.walkeryoungreaders.com

The Mighty Mississippi, by Linda Vieira, Walker & Company, (c)2005 www.walkeryoungreaders.com

A Place For Butterflies, by Melissa Stewart, Peachtree Publishers, (c)2006 www.peachtree-online.com

Alphabet of Space, by Laura Gates Galvin, Soundprints division of the Trudy Corp. and The Smithsonian Institution (c)2006 www.soundprints.com

The Old Woman And Her Mysterious Storybook, And The Little Girl Who Didn't Like To Read,

by K. Christopher Toussaint, United African Educational Foundation (c)2007 www.uaef.org

Please Don't Wake the Animals, by Mary Batten, Peachtree Publishers (c)2008www.peachtree-olnine.com

A Place For Birds, by Melissa Stewart, Peachtree Publishers (c)2009 www.peachtree-online.com

Adesuwa Goes to Puerto Rico, by K. Christopher Toussaint, United African EducationalFoundation (c)2009 www.uaef.com

A Place For Frogs, by Melissa Stewart, Peachtree Publishers, (c)2009  www.peachtree-online.com

Roots, The Saga of An American Family 30th Anniversary Edition, by Alex Haley, The Easton Press, (c)2010

A Place For Fish, by Melissa Stewart, Peachtree Publishers, (c)2011 www.peachtree-online.com

A Place For Bats, by Melissa Stewart, Peachtree Publishers, (c)2012 www.peachtree-online.com
A Place For Turtles, by Melissa Stewart, Peachtree Publishers, (c)2013 www.peachtree-online.com


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