Kadir Nelson INC.

Kadir Nelson

Art, Children, Illustration

Kadir Nelson is an award-winning American author and artist. His paintings are in the permanent collections of several notable institutions including the United States House of Representatives, The National Baseball Hall of Fame, The United States Postal Museum, the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland, the World Trade Center, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Nelson received a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He has authored and illustrated several award- winning New York Times Best Selling picture books including We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, which was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, and Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. He is the recipient of multiple awards from the Society of Illustrators in New York, including the prestigious Hamilton King Award as well the 2020 recipient of the Caldecott Medal and Coretta Scott King Award for illustration. He adds this to multiple Caldecott Honors, Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards, New York Times Best Illustrated Book Awards, several NAACP Image Awards, and an Olympic Art Bronze medal. 


Festival Years: 2008, 2022