FRANKFORT — Award-winning author and illustrator Synthia SAINT JAMES, will unveil a specially commissioned painting to commemorate Kentucky State University’s 130th anniversary. The event will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 in the Student Center Ballroom on the KSU campus. The artist’s exclusive prints will be available for purchase at the unveiling.

In addition, the eye-catching, must-have prints will be available Thursday, May 19 during a public viewing at 10:30 a.m. in the State Capitol Rotunda and at 6 p.m. in the Paul Sawyier Library, 319 Wapping St.


SAINT JAMES is most celebrated for designing the first Kwanzaa Stamp for the United States Postal Service in 1997, and creating the cover art for Terry McMillan’s book, Waiting to Exhale. For more than two decades, her artwork has been featured in several United States Embassies through the Art in Embassies Program.

SAINT JAMES continues to create paintings for private collectors, colleges, universities, corporations and non-profit organizations. The House of Seagram, Coca Cola USA, Maybelline, Essence Communications, National Coalition of 100 Black Men, Glendale Memorial Hospital, YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, and Barnes & Noble are among her clients.

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