E. B. Lewis

Art, Illustration

An award-winning illustrator and fine artist, E.B. Lewis has illustrated over seventy books for children, including:

· New York Times 2016 Best Illustrated Book Award, Kirkus 2016 Best Illustrated Book Award, and the 2016 Golden Kite Honor Award winner, Jabari Asim’s Preaching to the Chickens
· 2009 winner of the Orbis Picture Award: Hester Bass’ The Secret World of Walter Anderson
· 2004 Caldecott Honor Award winner: Jacqueline Woodson’s Coming on Home Soon
· 2002 Notable Book for the Language Arts Award winner: Jacqueline Woodson’s The Other Side
· 1996 ALA Notable Children’s Book Award winner: Alice Schertle’s Down the Road
· Five Coretta Scott King Award winners, including Nikki Grimes’ Talking About Bessie

Inspired by two artist uncles, Lewis displayed artistic promise as early as the third grade. Beginning in the sixth grade, he attended the Saturday Morning Art League and studied with Clarence Wood. Lewis attended the Temple University Tyler School of Art, where he discovered his medium of preference was watercolor.

During his four years at Temple, Lewis majored in Graphic Design, Illustration and Art Education. After graduating, he taught art in public schools for twelve years. Presently, Lewis teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He is also a member of The Society of Illustrators in New York City, and an artist member of Salamagundi Art Club of New York.

In 2003, the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota purchased a collection of original watercolors from Lewis’s first fifty children’s books. Today, his works are displayed in museums, owned by private collectors, and sold by art galleries throughout the United States and Europe.

Festival Years: 2010