September 7, 2008

burrowes_1aColor All Around features forty-two original illustrations from picture books illustrated by artist Adjoa J. Burrowes. Burrowes combines her expertise as graphic designer with skillful use of collage and mixed media to create her award-winning illustrations. The artist has illustrated dozens of books and has written Grandma’s Purple Flowers, where a family story unfolds in exuberant cut-paper figures the artist creates. She gives special attention to the color and texture in her art as she juxtaposes organic shapes against angular forms in the book, My Steps. Multiple illustrations from these books are featured in the exhibition as well as preliminary drawings, model photos, and editorial comments to acquaint visitors with the progression of an illustrated book from concept to final illustrations.


burrowes_2aColor All Around lends itself to educational programming for participants of all ages. As a national presenter, Burrowes has conducted hands-on art workshops throughout the U.S. including a series of popular art workshops for the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

A resident of Arlington, Virginia, Adjoa J. Burrowes received her B.F.A. from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1979. Using her dynamic and intensely colorful cut-paper collages, Burrowes has illustrated seventeen children’s books, having written three of them herself. Her book Grandma’s Purple Flowers won both the American Booksellers Association’s (ABA) “Kids” Pick of the List and the Bank Street College’s Children’s Book of the Year book illustration awards in 2000. For further information about Burrowes or her books, please visit her website,