An organization founded to preserve and promote the legacy of 95-year-old Islesford artist Ashley Bryan has found a permanent home for his personal papers, journals, books and artworks.
The Ashley Bryan Center has reached a preliminary agreement with the University of Pennsylvania to have Bryan’s archive housed at the university’s Kislak Center for special collections, rare books and manuscripts in Philadelphia, according to the group’s executive director.
“We are just thrilled,” said Nichols Clark, the center’s executive director. “We are very optimistic that good things are going to happen.”
Bryan’s life as a painter, puppet maker, author and illustrator dates back to his teenage years during the Great Depression, when he was growing up in New York City. Best known for illustrating children’s books, during the course of his career he has won multiple Coretta Scott King book awards and has received a Newbery Honor, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and the Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. In 2008, he was named a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library along with renowned writers Edward Albee, Nora Ephron and Salman Rushdie.
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