The North Carolina Museum of Art

Rhythms of the Heart: The Illustration of Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan, jacket art from Sing to the Sun: Poems and Pictures, 1992, (HarperCollins, 1995), watercolor on paper, Courtesy of the artist, © 2011 Ashley Bryan

April 15–August 19, 2012

Rhythms of the Heart: The Illustration of Ashley Bryan highlights the bright and colorful illustrations of the beloved children’s book author whose work was first featured at the NCMA in Fins and Feathers: Original Children’s Book Illustrations from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. In this exhibition viewers will be able to experience Bryan’s unique illustration style, which combines references to music, dance, and storytelling traditions. The exhibition includes Bryan’s original preliminary pencil drawings, watercolor sketches, and completed woodblock prints, ultimately presented in award-winning books that retell African folktales for young audiences. An ideal counterpart to El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, this exhibition of Ashley Bryan's work will delight adults and children alike.

Organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature. This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions.