Shadra Strickland
Shadra Strickland
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Award-winning illustrator to present Oct. 22, 23

Award-winning illustrator, educator, and speaker Shadra Strickland will lead two discussions on children’s illustrations during an Oct. 22-23 visit to campus. The events are free and open to the public.

During “Children's Illustration as a Healing Process,” to be held Monday, Oct. 22 at 5:00 p.m. in the Library’s Morrison Gallery, Strickland will discuss how illustrations can help children cope with emotions. In “Visual Storytelling with Shadra Strickland,” to be held Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 11:50 a.m. in the Morrison Gallery, she will read from and discuss samples of her work.

“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, Md., Strickland travels the country conducting workshops and sharing her work with children, teachers, and librarians. She received an M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

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