Dr. Synthia Saint James is a world renowned multicultural visual artist, author and illustrator of 27 books, who has garnered numerous prestigious awards in her 45+ plus year career. Saint James is most noted for designing the first Kwanzaa stamp for the United States Postal Service, and for the national and international cover art of Terry McMillan’s book Waiting to Exhale.
Synthia Saint James is a world renowned multicultural visual artist, an award winning author and/or illustrator of 17 children’s books, several poetry and affirmation books, a cookbook, a play, a monologue, and the autobiographical book titled Living My Dream: An Artistic Approach to Marketing (which was nominated for a NAACP Image Award in 2012).
She is also a popular guest 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 USPS stamp designs include the first Kwanzaa Commemorative Stamp in 1997 (a total of 318 million stamps were printed using her first design), and the new 2016 Forever Kwanzaa Stamp celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Kwanzaa holiday. Her paintings grace the covers of over 75 books including the cover art for Terry McMillan’s book Waiting to Exhale and Iyanla Vanzant’s Acts of Faith. But few know that her artwork has been internationally featured in several United States Embassies since the 1990’s through the Art in Embassies Program.
Saint James, a highly commissioned artist, 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 of her clients.
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 collectors 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.
Dr. Synthia Saint James is currently booking her 2017-2018 College/University Tour, which includes lectures, master classes, workshops, art exhibitions, fine art commissions, artist-in-residencies, and commencement speeches.
Dr. Saint James will serve as the keynote speaker for the Bishop State Community College Legacy Gala. Tickets for the gala are available now. The Gala will take place at the History Museum of Mobile Thursday, March 1, 2018. On that same night, a solo two-month exhibition of Dr. Saint James’ artwork will open at the History Museum of Mobile. She will have 20 pieces of her artwork on display March through April.