Award-winning illustrator speaks at Penn State Harrisburg

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. -- Award-winning illustrator, educator and speaker Shadra Strickland led two discussions on children’s illustrations during an Oct. 22 and 23 visit to the Penn State Harrisburg campus.

During “Children's Illustration as a Healing Process,” on Oct. 22 in the library’s Morrison Gallery, Strickland discussed how illustrations can help children cope with emotions. In “Visual Storytelling with Shadra Strickland,” on Oct. 23 in the Morrison Gallery, she read from and discussed samples of her work. The events were free and open to the public.

“With all of her illustrations, Strickland offers children a sense of identity, meaning and belonging,” said Associate Professor of Reading Mary Napoli. “Her work truly epitomizes how art and literature combine to evoke solace and healing for children.”

Strickland won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the 2009 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for her illustrated book, “Bird.” An illustration instructor at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Strickland travels the country conducting workshops and sharing her work with children, teachers and librarians. She received a master of fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

The events are sponsored by Student Activity Fee Funds, Student Government Association and the Kappa Delta Pi education honor society.

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Last Updated October 23, 2012