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Marcia Joan Brown, American Author, artist, photographer. Fellow International Institute Arts and Letters (life); member Author's Guild, Print Council American, Art Students League, Oriental Brush Artists Guild, Sumi-e Society Am, American Artists of Chinese Brush Painting. F C.

Background

Brown, Marcia Joan was born on July 13, 1918 in Rochester, New York, United States. Daughter of Clarence Edward and Adelaide Elizabeth (Zimber) Brown.

Education

Student, Woodstock School Painting, summers 1938, 39;student painting, New School Social Researchstudent painting, Art Students LeagueBachelor, New York State College Teachers, 1940;student Chinese calligraphy, painting, Zhejiang Academy Fine Arts, Hangzhou, Peoples Republic China, 1985, 87;studied painting with Judson Smith, Stuart Davis, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Julian LeviDoctor of Humane Letters (honorary), State University of New York, Albany, 1996.

Career

Teacher English, dramatics, Cornwall (New York) High School, 1940-1943;library assistant, New York Public Library, 1943-1949;teacher puppetry extra-mural Department, University College West Indies, Jamaica, British West Indies California California, 1953. Teacher workshop on picture book University of Minnesota-Split Rock Arts Program, Duluth, 1986, workshop on Chinese brush painting Brush Artists Guild, 1988. Sponsor Chinese landscape painting workshops with Zhuo HeJun, 1988-1989.

Sponsored workshops Chinese caligraphy with A. Wang Dong Ling, 1989, 90, 92. Invited speaker exhibition illustrations, Japan, 1990, 94.

Achievements

  • For her contribution as a children's illustrator Brown was U.S. nominee in both 1966 and 1976 for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition available to creators of children's books. She received the 1977 Regina Medal from the Catholic Libraries Association for "continued, distinguished contribution to children's literature without regard to the nature of the contribution" and the 1992 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the American Library Association for "substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature". It was then conferred every three years. From 1955 to 1983 Brown won three Caldecott Medals, the annual American Library Association award to the illustrator of the year's "most distinguished American picture book for children" (only David Wiesner has also won three).

    Her books have been named Honor Books six times from 1948 to 1954, and display silver rather than gold seals.

Works

Membership

Fellow International Institute Arts and Letters (life). Member Author's Guild, Print Council American, Art Students League, Oriental Brush Artists Guild, Sumi-e Society Am, American Artists of Chinese Brush Painting. F C.

Connections

father:
Clarence Edward Brown

mother:
Adelaide Elizabeth (Zimber) Brown