The Art of Ashley Bryan #292

Artist Ashley Bryan has been creating unique works since his earliest years growing up in the Bronx. Known for his award-winning children’s books like Beautiful Blackbird and Freedom Over Me, Ashley Bryan has connected with audiences of all ages. For this show, we traveled to Little Cranberry Island, off the coast of Mount Desert Island, to interview this 93-year-old artist in his home.

L/A Arts is paying tribute to Ashley Bryan during the months of April and May with its Ashley Bryan Days in LA events. On April 29 the Emerge Film Festival will screen a feature documentary by filmmaker Richard Kane about Bryan’s life and work. For more information go to:


Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan first came to Maine after serving in World War II to attend the Skowhegan School of Art. He settled here permanently in 1988 after retiring as emeritus professor of art at Dartmouth College. Although not published until he was 40 years old, he has written and illustrated over 50 books, based on African folktales, or inspired by African-American spirituals and lives. He has won numerous awards and nominations, including a Fulbright Fellowship and the prestigious Laura Ingalls Wilder and John Newbery Medals. He lives in Islesford on Little Cranberry Island.