23’ x 9.5’ | Digital Reproduction, Vinyl
Books, like mirrors, help reflect what we observe and know about our world. Reading, listening, or watching a story about someone like you is a powerful experience. But books also allow us to view and understand lives that are different from our own, like a window looking onto others’ lives. To succeed as mirrors and windows, books must tell a wide range of stories—and they must include a diversity of people and worlds. After all, stories shape who we become.
Mirrors and Windows combines the work of four award-winning and beloved local authors and illustrators into a piece that offers viewers the opportunity to see beauty in themselves and others. What do you see?
About the Creators:
Tom Feelings was an acclaimed picture book illustrator. In 1972, he became the first African American artist to receive a Caldecott Honor Award. Some of his books include To Be a Slave by Julius Lester; Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book by Muriel Feelings (his second Caldecott Honor Award) and Now Sheba Sings the Song by Maya Angelou. He was honored with the Coretta Scott King Award for multiple books. Feelings was a professor of art at UofSC from 1990-1996. He was awarded the 1996 Lucy Hampton Bostick Award by the Friends of the Library.
Joyce Hansen writes fiction as well as historical non-fiction for young readers. Her books poignantly depict black children in both contemporary and historical settings. Her extensive body of work includes Which Way Freedom? and I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, both set in South Carolina. Each of these books was recognized with the Coretta Scott King Honor Award. Hansen is a retired teacher whose students often inspired her writing. She lives in the midlands of South Carolina.
Dinah Johnson is the author of several picture books including Black Magic, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and Sunday Week, illustrated by Columbia’s own Tyrone Geter. Her All Around Town: The Photographs of Richard Samuel Roberts was the inspiration for a state-wide project, sponsored by the Richland Library and the S C State Library, that reached several thousand schoolchildren. As Dianne Johnson-Feelings, she is a pioneering scholar of African American children’s literature and a professor of English at the UofSC.
Tyrone Geter’s illustrations can be found in picture books that celebrate an African American child’s view of the world. Some of his books include Willie Jerome by Alice Faye Duncan; White Socks Only by Evelyn Coleman; and Irene and the Big Fine Nickel by Irene Smalls. He is retired from Benedict College in Columbia, SC, where he served for many years as a professor of art and director of the Henry Ponder Gallery. His inspiring art is shown in galleries in the U.S.A., the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Nigeria.