Columbus library welcomes noted children's book illustrator, artist

June 25, 2011 9:37:00 PM

Jan Swoope - [email protected]


Clarksdale native Rick Anderson has come a long way from the days his mother had to admonish him about drawing in church as a child. 


With a 40-year-career and more than 150 art awards in local, regional and national exhibitions and competitions to his credit, Anderson is now able to indulge in what he enjoys. And in recent years, one of those creative outlets has been bringing stories for children to life on the page. 


The respected artist and illustrator, who has been featured on Walt Grayson''s "Look Around Mississippi" program on PBS, will visit the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Tuesday, June 28.  


From 2-3 p.m. in the library meeting room, he will take children (of all ages) on an illustrator''s adventure. There is no cost to attend. Anderson''s visit is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and a Mississippi Arts Commission grant. 


Instilling a love of art in Mississippi''s school children continues to be a passion for the art educator. He visits numerous schools, not only in Mississippi, but throughout the U.S., connecting children with art.  


The first of nine children''s books illustrated by Anderson was published in 2003. He is currently working on a 10th, which he is both writing and illustrating. 


To learn more about this Mississippi artist, visit 


For more information about Tuesday''s library program, contact Erin Stringer at 662-329-5300 or [email protected]

Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.