Bryan, 92, is a renowned artist, children’s book author, and humanitarian who has had libraries and schools named for him from Kenya to California. He was born in New York in 1923; his parents were natives of Antigua. He began painting as a very young child and self-published his first book, an illustrated alphabet, in kindergarten. In a career spanning almost a century, he has illustrated approximately 40 books and focuses on the cultural contributions of black artists, teachers, activists and storytellers.

The exhibit — designed and conceptualized with the help of COA students, staff, alumni and faculty — features work from Bryan’s 80-year career in art, literature and music, and includes paintings, drawings, illustrated books and puppets featured in his newest book of poems.


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