Winners 2012: Artist

Jerry Pinkney
Internationally celebrated illustrator and narrative artist Jerry Pinkney, of Croton, has been awarded dozens of awards and honors for his expansive body of work, which includes children’s literature, museum exhibitions, commissions, professorships, television appearances and more.
Renowned for his richly detailed watercolor paintings, Pinkney, a native of Philadelphia, has illustrated (and often authored) more than one hundred children’s titles and has been the recipient of the Caldecott Medal and five Caldecott Honor Medals. Many of his books illuminate the African-American experience through folklore and fables; other works are adaptations of classic stories and multicultural folktales. Some of his best-known books include: John Henry (written by Julius Lester), Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling and The Lion & the Mouse. A highlight among his numerous high-profile projects is the Black Heritage postage stamp series Pinkney designed for the U.S. Postal Service.
A community leader who serves the Westchester community with local school visits, lectures and exhibitions, Pinkney is a treasure to Westchester art patrons and educators, students and aspiring artists. In 2011, Pinkney, a trustee of the Katonah Museum of Art, was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. For more information visit

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