NCCU Art Museum to Feature Work of Award-Winning Author and Children’s Book Illustrator Bryan Collier

Posted February 12, 2020, 3:15PM

The work of Bryan Collier, an author and children’s book illustrator, will be featured at the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Art Museum beginning Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, as part of the museum’s spring exhibition for the 2019-2020 season. 

The exhibit, titled “You Can’t Outgrow a Picture Book,” includes over 39 original works by Collier, which feature an array of color, shapes and patterns with watercolors and collages. Through the use of fabrics, textures and tones, Collier tells stories of many salient moments in black history and everyday life. It is curated by Christine M. Perry, art production specialist at the North Carolina Central University Art Museum.

Collier is known for illustrating contemporary children’s classics – such as the award-winning “Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr.” by Doreen Rapaport. Throughout his career, Collier has written over 30 books and has won numerous awards, including the 2001 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration in his debut work, “Uptown,” the 2001 Ezra Jack Keats Award for New Illustrator, the Hans Christian Andersen Awards, Parenting magazine's Reading Magic Award and the Marion Vannett Ridgeway Award for a first-time author and illustrator. Collier is also a four-time recipient of a Caldecott Honor award for “Martin's Big Words,” “Rosa,” “Dave the Potter” and “Trombone Shorty.”

“You Can’t Outgrow a Picture Book” opens with a free public reception and discussion with Collier on Sunday, Feb. 16, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Books and prints will be available for purchase during the event. The exhibit will remain on view through April 17. 

The NCCU Art Museum is located at 580 East Lawson St., across from the Farrison-Newton Communications Building on the campus of NCCU. The museum is equipped to accommodate visitors who have mobility challenges. The NCCU Art Museum is on one level with no steps at the entrance. For assistance, please contact Christine Perry at 919-530-5078 or

For more information about the exhibit, the NCCU Art Museum and for other inquiries, please call 919-530-6211. For group visits, please call in advance to make a reservation. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public.

Media Note: Bryan Collier is available for interviews on Feb. 16, from 3-4 p.m. To arrange a media interview and photography request, please contact Christine Perry at or 919-530-5078.

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