Noted Illustrator and Alumnus Jerry Pinkney Inducted into American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Award-winning artist joins Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners at one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies
October 25, 2012
Award-winning illustrator Jerry Pinkney '60 (Advertising Design) has been named to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies. He was one of 180 influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors and institutional leaders inducted at a ceremony held October 6 at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.
A native of Philadelphia, Pinkney has been illustrating beloved children's books since 1964. He is the recipient of a 2010 Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished illustrated children's book for The Lion & the Mouse, making him the first individual African-American to win the prestigious award.
His more than 100 books – translated into 16 languages and published in 14 countries – have also earned him five Caldecott honors, five "Best Illustrated Books" awards from The New York Times, five Coretta Scott King Awards for outstanding children's books on the African-American experience and four Coretta Scott King Honors. He received the University's Silver Star Alumni Award in 1992 and was recently honored with a Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Bank Street Graduate School of Education in New York.
His artwork can be found in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Delaware Art Museum, the Brandywine River Art Museum and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, as well as in private collections. Pinkney has had more than 30 solo exhibitions in venues such as the Art Institute of Chicago; the California African American Museum, Los Angeles; the Brandywine River Art Museum, Chadds Ford, Pa.; Schomberg Center, New York City; and the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.
Since its founding in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock and other scholar-patriots, the American Academy has elected leading "thinkers and doers" from each generation. The current membership includes more than 300 Nobel laureates, some 100 Pulitzer Prize winners, and many of the world’s most celebrated artists and performers.