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Leonard Everett Fisher
(1924 – )
Leonard Everett Fisher was born in New York City in 1924. His art training began at the Heckscher Foundation when he was 8 years old and continued through a variety of schools until his World War II military service. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mapmaker, he participated in the topographic planning of the Allied campaigns in Europe and the Far East. During this period he painted several service connected murals in North Africa and Hawaii. Following the war he attended Yale University's School of Art graduating with bachelor and master degrees in Fine Arts.
He has illustrated over 260 books for young readers since 1954, authoring 90 of these; designed United States postage stamps. He is a recipient of Yale's Winchester Fellowship and John Ferguson Weir Prize, a Pulitzer painting award, the Premio Grafico Fiera Internazionale di Bologma, the University of Southern Missisippi Medallion, the Christopher Medal for Illustration, a National Jewish Book Award, the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, the University of Minnesota's Kerlan Award, the American Library Association's Arbuthnot citation, and the New England Booksellers Association Children's Literature Award.
He was a delegate to the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services during the Carter Administration and is Dean Emeritus of the Paier College of Art. He is also a member of the Sanford Lowe Illustration Committee of the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the advisory board of the Master of Fine Arts program of Western Connecticut State University.
He is a founding member of the Westport-Weston Arts Council -- now MoCA Westeport--and recipient of Westport's Lifetime Achievement Award for the Visual Arts. His art is in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, Butler Art Institute, Columbus Museum of Art, New Britain Museum of Art, Museum of American Illustration, Mt. Holyoke College, Union College, the University of Connecticut, Brown University, University of Oregon, University of Minnesota, University of Southern Mississippi, and the New York Public Library.