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4/19/2010 9:54:00 AM by PCA&D



Jerry Pinkney presented a low-key and very personal talk to the Class of 2010, their friends and families during commencement ceremonies on May 8.

Over 60 seniors received their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in one of four majors: illustration, graphic design, fine arts, and photography, during Saturday's commencement ceremonies.


Seniors turn and applaud their friends and familes, who supported them through their quest to earn BFA degrees.

Winners of academic awards included:
Communication Arts -- Illustration: Lisandro Gonzalez;
Communication Arts -- Graphic design: Astrid Salim;
Photography: Jennifer Blaisdell and Victor Rivera;
Fine Arts: Katrina Funk and Tommy Nazario.


Mr. Pinkney, of Westchester County, New York, is the 2010 winner of the Randolph Caldecot Medal for his childrens book, "The Lion and the Mouse," which was on the New York Times "Best Seller" list earlier this year.


Jerry Pinkney receives his honorary doctorate of fine arts

He is also a multiple winner of the Caldecott Honor Award and the Coretta Scott King Award. 

Pinkney has had a prolific career. In 2010 alone, a few of his activities include inclusion in
"Drawing from a Story: Illustrations by Selected Caldecott Medal Winners" at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa.; the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.; The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, where Pinkney's body of work,"African-American Journey to Freedom" features 35 watercolor paintings depicting a wide range of people and events in African-American history; and he was included in the exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, "Heart and Soul: Art from Coretta Scott King Award Books, 2006-2009" (closed on April 18, 2010).

This coming October, Pinkney will join Diane Edison as the artists behind "The Mosaic Project" at PCA&D.  Click here to read more about next fall's Mosaic Project.

During commencement, Pinkney received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts (honoris causa) for a
lifetime of achievement in his field.

Also receiving an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts (honoris causa) was John A. Fry, president of
Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa.  PCA&D invited Mr. Fry to receive the honorary degree due to his leadership in urban planning and understanding of the importance of the arts in
elevating the quality of life in a community.

John Fry, Jerry Pinkney, Robert Brandt (chairman of PCA&D board of trustees) and Mary Colleen Heil, president of PCA&D, after the ceremony (pictured left to right).


More images from the Class of 2010 graduation on May 8, 2010:


















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