Synthia Saint James is a world renowned multicultural visual artist, an award winning author and/or illustrator of 17 children’s books, author of several poetry and affirmation books, a cookbook, a play, and the autobiographical book titled Living My Dream: An Artistic Approach to Marketing (which was nominated for a NAACP Image Award in 2012). Read More >
She is also a popular speaker, educator and architectural designer who has garnered numerous awards, including the prestigious Trumpet Award, a Coretta Scott King Award, and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Saint Augustine’s University. Dr. Saint James also serves as a Global Ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s “Circle of Promise”.
Synthia Saint James designed the 2016 Forever Kwanzaa Stamp for the USPS, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Kwanzaa holiday. She is most celebrated for designing the first Kwanzaa Stamp for the USPS in 1997 and for the international cover art for Terry McMillan’s book Waiting to Exhale. But few know that her artwork has been internationally featured in several United States Embassies through the Art in Embassies Program since the 1990’s.
Saint James is a highly commissioned artist and continues to create paintings for private collectors, colleges, universities, corporations and for 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, Barnes and Nobles and AARP represent a mere sampling.
In 2014, she began creating commissioned signature paintings for the inaugurations of college and university presidents, which includes paintings for Bennett College, Alabama State University, Florida Memorial Hospital, Stillman College and Harris-Stowe State University. In addition, Kentucky State University commissioned her to create a painting celebrating their 130th Anniversary, which was unveiled on May 18, 2016.
Her most celebrated collector’s include Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., Alice Walker, Glynn Turman, Brenda Russell, Regina Taylor, Charles Fuller and Jenifer Lewis. Awards created by Synthia Saint James include the “We See You Award”, the “Mosaic Woman Award”, and “The Lifetime Achievement Award” especially created for His Excellency Nelson Mandela from Africare in 2010. Read Less ^