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BEAUTY OF THE SPIRIT:
Paintings and Illustrations by Kadir Nelson

March 17 - April 19, 2008

From March 17 - April 19, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College presents Beauty of the Spirit: Paintings and Illustrations by Kadir Nelson, an exhibition held in conjunction with the Festival of Faith and Writing. Kadir Nelson is a renowned African American artist and illustrator whose work has a poetic and narrative quality that focuses on the integrity of the human spirit. He was recently awarded the 2008 Caldecott Honor for his work on the book "Henry's Freedom Box" His newest book "We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball" was featured in the March 10, 2008 issue of Sports Illustrated. The exhibition will feature 25 paintings of Nelson's personal work and book illustrations, and he will be a speaker at the 2008 Festival of Faith and Writing.

Sports Illustrated Story
The Pride of the Game by Phil Taylor (March 5, 2008) and Gallery.

Calvin News Story
Gallery Hosts Kadir Nelson Exhibition
by Myrna Anderson (March 12, 2008) story at Calvin News and Media Relations.

Grand Rapids Press Story
Artist's works cast spiritual, emotional reflection by Molly Kimelman (April 6, 2008).

Festival of Faith and Writing
Festival Website with registration information.
Kadir Nelson speaker information page.

For more of Kadir Nelson's
artwork please visit:
www.kadirnelson.com
We Are The Ship:
The Story of Negro League Baseball www.wearetheship.com

"Harriet In the Swamp"
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led her People to Freedom


"I listened in the company of men"
ellington was not a street


"He's got the oceans and seas in His hands"
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands


"God's Calling" (Harriet Closeup)
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led her People to Freedom


"nkrumah was no foreigner"
ellington was not a street


"He's got the moon and the stars in His hands"
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

Reception and Book Signing with Kadir Nelson
Friday, April 18 from 6:30-8pm
Center Art Gallery
-books available for purchase and refreshments in the Lower Gezon Lobby

Festival of Faith and Writing
Thursday, April 17 - Saturday, April 19
Fine Arts Center
-Kadir Nelson will be a featured speaker at the 2008 Festival of Faith and Writing