Bryan Collier illustrations on display at Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Wednesday, 16 June 2010

MONTGOMERY—An exhibit of children’s book illustrations by award-winning author and illustrator Bryan Collier is on display at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum through Aug. 25.

Combining the media of watercolor and collage, Collier’s unique art has been featured in numerous children’s books including the Caldecott Award-wining “Rosa” by Nikki Giovanni and “Martin’s Big Words” by Doreen Rappaport. His first book as an author and illustrator, “Uptown,” won the Coretta Scott King Award.

Original art from those books and others is featured in the exhibit “Defining Moments: The Works of Bryan Collier” organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature.

The exhibit opens to the public on June 17. Parents and organizations are invited to bring children to a special event on Thursday, July 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. during which museum staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss Collier’s art.

“Bryan has a passion for using art to give children a sense of history and community,” said Viola Moten, Rosa Parks Museum curator.

Collier studied art at the Pratt Institute in New York City. While attending school, Collier began to volunteer at the Harlem Horizon Studio and Harlem Hospital Center with a program that provides working space and materials for self-taught artists in the community. He went on to become the program director, a position he held for 12 years. He still resides in Harlem and continues to work with the program as a volunteer.

The exhibit hall at the Rosa Parks Museum is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information about the exhibit, call the museum at 334-241-8708.