Announcing Synthia SAINT JAMES As Our 2015 Eileen Friars Leader-in-Residence

January 20, 2015

Synthia Saint James

World renowned visual artist will be on campus during the week of March 23rd, 2015.

Visual artist and author Synthia SAINT JAMES will spend the week of March 23-27, 2015 at Simmons College as the Eileen Friars Leader-in-Residence, lending expertise in visual arts leadership to Simmons students, faculty, and staff, and the Boston community.

Simmons will host events throughout the week of March 23rd, including guided and self-guided art walks around campus to view over 20 of her works, public panel discussions, as well as other opportunities to engage directly with the artist.

"My hope is to inspire the students, faculty and staff of Simmons College and the Greater Boston community to follow their dreams, whatever they may be, by sharing my art and my life's journey," said SAINT JAMES.

SAINT JAMES is a world renowned multicultural visual artist, an award winning author and/or illustrator of 17 children’s books, 3 books of poetry, a book of affirmations, a cookbook, a play, and the autobiographical book Living My Dream: An Artistic Approach to Marketing, which was nominated for the 2012 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work - Instructional.

SAINT JAMES is most celebrated for designing the first Kwanzaa Stamp for the United States Postal Service in 1997, for which she received a History Maker Award, and for the international cover art for Terry McMillan’s book Waiting to Exhale. Her artwork has been internationally featured in several United States Embassies through the Art in Embassies Program since the 1990s.

The Eileen Friars Leader-in-Residence Program was established to draw on the experiences of women who have distinguished themselves in their professions. Past leaders have included former Supreme Court Judge Bette Uhrmacher, Artist Robin Holder, Educator and Activist Jill Iscol, Ed.D, and film director Abigail Disney.