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The Artwork of James Ransome

March 26 - April 28, 2007

From March 26 to April 28, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College presents Visual Stories, The Artwork of James Ransome. The exhibition features over 50 original works of art by African American artist and children's book illustrator, James Ransome. In addition to the paintings, Ransome has included three "dummy books" and a sketchbook in the exhibition. These additional pieces help the viewer understand the creative process that the artist undertakes, while working with text for the children's books.
In the foreword to the 2003 exhibition catalog, James Ransome, The Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration, Joyce Bickerstaff writes that his "extraordinary paintings are informed by his childhood experiences growing up in the rural South. They eloquently convey his deep understanding and delight in America's rural folk, his passion for children's book illustration as a form of fine art, his love of history, and his deep reverence for the black struggle for justice and equality. A delicate realism pervades his pictures, which depict periods from African American enslavement through the era of Jim Crow."

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James Ransome (April 5, 2007) and Youth Writing Festivals (April 5, 2007) stories at Calvin News & Media Relations

click to enlarge, minden covered bridge
Minden Covered Bridge

click to enlarge, crab cracking
Crab Cracking

click to enlarge, satchel in baseball cap
Satchel in Baseball Cap

click to enlarge, slaves and the quilt
Slaves and the Quilt

click to enlarge, visiting day
Visiting Day

click to enlarge, mother and father
Mother and Father

Reception and Book Signing with James Ransome
Thursday, April 26 from 7-9pm
(a number of James Ransome's books will be available for sale)
Center Art Gallery

Support by: 2007 Youth Writing Festivals

•James Ransome will be a featured speaker at the 2007 Youth Writing Festivals