Children’s book illustrations highlight 10 strong women at Zimmerli this fall

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Originally Posted: 08/16/2022

(New Brunswick, NJ) – Presents Rutgers University Zimmerley Museum of Art – New Brunswick stand up! 10 strong women who made change From September 28 to February 12, 2023. The exhibition wasOrganized by Nicole Simpson, Assistant Curator of Prints and Graphics. Bilingual posters in English and Spanish accompany the works. The exhibition celebrates the first picture book of Same title for Brittney Cooper, Professor of Women’s, Gender, Gender and African Studies at Rutgers, with illustrations by Kathy Ann Johnson.

The exhibition displays illustrations of all the images in the book, as well as preparatory materials, by Johnson, in plain view for the first time. The author and illustrator stopped at Zimmerli on September 29 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm to offer a reading, discussion and book signing. stand up! 10 strong women who made changeavailable at Orchard Books.

“Pictures are an important resource for introducing children to revolutionary figures who may not be included in the elementary school curriculum,” said Nicole Simpson, assistant curator of prints and graphics at Zimmerli, who organized the exhibition. “Cooper’s inspiring text and Johnson’s dynamic illustrations bring these individuals to life for young readers.”


Illustrations by Kathy Ann Johnson: (left) Mary Copeney (right) ‘She will change the world’

One of the leading black female voices of our time, Cooper brings together stories of women, from history to contemporary places, from civil rights activists Robbie Bridges and Rosa Parks to contemporary heroes like Brie Newsom, who removed the Confederate flag from the South. Carolina State House, and Mary Copeney, a young activist who fought for clean water in Flint, Michigan.

Cooper’s text depicts both famous and unknown black women who have taken a stand and made the world a better place for future generations. Each heroic figure is linked together by a united pursuit of fairness, offering young readers an inspiring and exciting call to action, reminding them that they are strong too, and they can be forces for change when they stand up!

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“Rutgers offers many exciting opportunities for collaboration across the university,” said Maura Riley, director of Zimmerli. “We are pleased to work with Professor Cooper and Ms. Johnson to encourage young people to think about their role in making positive change.”

stand up! On display at the Duvoisin Gallery in Zimmerli, dedicated to displaying original artworks for children’s books. This constant rotation of exhibitions educates the public about the craft of book illustration, providing rare insight into the creative process. To schedule a class or group tour, please contact the Department of Education ( at least three weeks in advance.


Cathy Ann Johnson, Ruby Bridges

Kathy Ann Johnson She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Columbus College of Art and Design. She spent several years at Hallmark Greeting Cards, honing her skills in crafting emotional content that speaks to children. Johnson loves to associate words with pictures, and her whimsical and lyrical style focuses on formats that reflect a child’s perspective. Her work has appeared in children’s books, magazines, posters, home décor, gifts and more. It currently operates out of downtown Decatur, Georgia, as well as a satellite studio in Rome, Italy. In her spare time, Johnson, her husband, and their cute dog enjoy wandering around Rome and hunting down castles in medieval towns.

Britney Cooper Hey The New York Times Bestselling author Eloquent Rage: A black woman discovers her superpowers. Professor of Women’s, Gender, Gender and African Studies at Rutgers University, co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective, her cultural commentary has appeared on MSNBC All in with Chris HayesAnd the Melissa Harris PerryThe The New York TimesAnd the New York MagazineAnd the Marie ClaireAnd the shearingAnd the Washington PostNPR, PBS, Al Jazeera third railwayand,, and, and has been named four times in The Root 100.


Cathy Ann Johnson, Phyllis Wheatley

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum of Art It houses over 60,000 artworks, with strengths in art of the Americas, Asian art, European art, Russian art and Soviet non-conformist art, and original illustrations of children’s literature. The permanent collections include works in all media, spanning from antiquity to the present day, and providing representative examples of the museum’s research and teaching mission at Rutgers University, New Jersey State University, which are among the highest-ranked and most diverse public research universities in America. Founded in 1766, as one of only nine colonial colleges established before the American Revolution, Rutgers is the eighth oldest institution of higher learning in the country.

Admission is free to the Zimmerli Museum of Art in Rutgers. The museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street (on George Street) on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Zimmerli is located a short distance from the NJ Transit train station in New Brunswick, halfway between New York City and Philadelphia.

Zimmerli Museum of Art is open on Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:00 a.m. Until 6:00sM; Thursday, 11:00aM until 8:00sM; Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 5:00 pm. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays as well as major holidays and the month of August.

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