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B  O  R  N

May 15, 1974, Little Rock, AR

 

E  D  U  C  A  T  I  O  N

1996 BFA Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

 

S  E  L  E  C  T  E  D     S  O  L  O    E  X  H  I  B  I  T  I  O  N  S

2015    “Words and Pictures: Illustrated Works by Kadir Nelson”. The Arts Council. Fayetteville, NC
           
2014    “A Light In Harlem”. RJD Gallery. Sag Harbor, NY
 
“Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans”. Richard Stockton
College, Galloway, NJ
 
“Words And Pictures”. Hearne Fine Art. Little Rock, AK           

2013    “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans”. The Society of Illustrators Museum. New York, NY

 “WE ARE THE SHIP: Original Paintings by Kadir Nelson.” Piedmont Arts Association.
Martinsville, VA

“WE ARE THE SHIP: Original Paintings by Kadir Nelson.” South Bend Museum of Art. South Bend, IN

“WE ARE THE SHIP: Original Paintings by Kadir Nelson.” Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center. Pittsburgh, PA

“WE ARE THE SHIP: Original Paintings by Kadir Nelson.” The Carle Museum. Amherst, MA         
           
 “WE ARE THE SHIP: Original Paintings by Kadir Nelson.” Miami Dade College Freedom Tower. Miami, FL     
           
“WE ARE THE SHIP: Original Paintings by Kadir Nelson.” Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Fort Wayne, IN    
           

2011    “WE ARE THE SHIP: Original Paintings by Kadir Nelson.” Museum of Texas Tech University. Lubbock, TX
           
“WE ARE THE SHIP: Original Paintings by Kadir Nelson.” The Arts Council. Fayetteville, NC
           
“WE ARE THE SHIP: Original Paintings by Kadir Nelson.” Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
           
“WE ARE THE SHIP: Original Paintings by Kadir Nelson.” Louisville Slugger Museum, Louisville, KY
           
2009    “WE ARE THE SHIP: Original Paintings by Kadir Nelson.” Michelson Museum of Art. Marshall, TX         
           

2008    “WE ARE THE SHIP: Original Paintings by Kadir Nelson.” Negro Leagues Museum. Kansas City, MO

2007    “The African-American Experience: Children’s Book Illustrations By Kadir Nelson”. Akron Art Museum. Akron, OH

2005    “Ellington Was Not A Street”.  Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Fort Wayne, IN. Fort Wayne, IN

 

G  R  O  U  P    E  X  H  I  B  I  T  I  O  N  S

2015    “Revolutions II: The Art of Music”. Forest Lawn Art Museum. Glendale, CA
           
 “Looking Both Ways”. Peninsula Fine Arts Center. Newport News, VA        
           
2011    “Triple Play”. Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI

2009    “Picture Perfect: Art From Caldecott Award Books, 2006-2009”. Chicago Art Institute. Chicago, IL

2006      “Art. Process: From Person, To Pencil, To Published”. Amherst, MA. Eric Carle
            Museum of Picture Book

2005      “All the Stories Are True”. Smithsonian Anacostia Museum. Washington DC

2003      “Shades Of Greatness”. The Negro League Baseball Museum. Kansas City, MO

2002      “Black Romantic”.  The Studio Museum in Harlem. Harlem, NY

1992    “San Diego/Yokahama/ Tijuana Art Exchange”. San Diego, CA/Yokahama, JAPAN/
  Tijuana, MEXICO

 

S  E  L  E  C  T  E  D     A  W  A  R  D  S   A  N  D     H O  N  O  R  S

2016    Silver Medal, Society of Illustrators, New York, Editorial Category   

Silver Medal, Society of Illustrators, New York, Uncommissioned category           

2015    Gold Medal, Society of Illustrators, New York, Uncommissioned category
           
2014    NAACP Image Award, Los Angeles, CA, “Nelson Mandela”, Outstanding Literary Work – Children

Gold Medal, Hamilton King Award, Society of Illustrators, New York, Best Illustration of the Year

Hamilton King Award, Society of Illustrators, New York

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, American Library Association, Chicago, IL

2013    Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, American Library Association, Chicago, IL

New York Times Best Illustrated Book, New York, “Nelson Mandela”

2012    Coretta Scott King Author Award, American Library Association, Chicago, IL

Audie Award, AudioFile Magazine, Portland, ME, “Heart and Soul” audiobook

Silver Medal, Society of Illustrators, New York

2011    Silver Medal, Society of Illustrators, New York

2009    Sport Artist of the Year, United States Sports Academy, Mobile, AL

            Coretta Scott King Author Award, American Library Association, Chicago, IL

            Coretta Scott King Illustrator , American Library Association, Chicago, IL

Robert F. Sibert , American Library Association, Chicago, IL

2008    Gold Medal, Society of Illustrators, New York

             NY Times Best Illustrated Book, New York Times, New York
“WE ARE THE SHIP: The Story of Negro League Baseball”

            Caldecott Honor, American Library Association, Chicago, IL

2007    Caldecott Honor, American Library Association, Chicago, IL

             Coretta Scott King Award, American Library Association, Chicago, IL

2007    NAACP Image Award, NAACP, Los Angeles, CA

2005    Coretta Scott King Award, American Library Association, Chicago, IL

             Once Upon a Book Award, Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles, CA

             Gold Medal, The Society of illustrators, New York

2004    NAACP Image Award, NAACP, Los Angeles, CA“Just The Two Of Us”                         

2002    Silver Medal, The Society of illustrators, New York, NY

1998    Gold Medal, The Society of illustrators, New York

 

S  E  L  E  C  T  E  D     C  O  L  L  E  C  T  I  O  N  S

United States House of Representatives, Washington DC
Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, MO
The National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
The San Diego Padres, San Diego, CA
San Diego Hall of Champions, San Diego, CA
The Estate of Michael Jackson
The United States Postal Service
The Coca Cola Corporation
Westmont College
Sears, Roebuck & Co.

S  E  L  E  C  T  E  D     B  I  B  L  I  O  G  R  A  P  H  Y

Davis, D. “Wilt the Stilt Becomes Wilt the Stamp”. New York, NY: New York Times. December 4, 2014. Two commemorative Forever postal stamps of Wilt Chamberlain commissioned by the USPS.

Mouly, F. “Cover Story: Nelson Mandela, Hero”. The New Yorker. New York, NY. May 7, 2013. Oil painting commissioned to commemorate life of Nelson Mandela, entitled “Madiba”.

Sullivan, J. “Picturing Baseball’s Negro League Greats”. The Boston Globe. Boston, MA. February 24, 2012.

Myers, W. “Sweet Land of Liberty”. The New York Times. New York, NY. November 10, 2011.

Nolan, A.  “For Young Readers: “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans,” by Kadir Nelson”. Washington Post. Washington, DC. September 15, 2011.

Baker, K. “A League of Their Own”. The New York Times. Sunday Book Review. New York, NY. June 15, 2008.

Davis, D. “ Stepping up the the Plate ”. LA Times Book Review. Los Angeles, CA. March 30, 2008.

Powell, R. “Kadir Nelson's Illustrative Bodies”. African American Atelier. Greensboro, NC.

McDaniels III, P. “A Nuturing Romance of Sport”. The International Review of African American Art, Vol. 9, No. 2. Hampton, VA. 2003.