Synthia Saint James


Synthia SAINT JAMES is a world renowned multicultural visual artist, award winning author/illustrator of 17 books, popular speaker and architectural designer who has garnered numerous awards over her forty plus year career, including the prestigious Trumpet Award and her first Honorary Doctorate Degree from Saint Augustine’s College, both in 2010.

She 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.

Most recently, she was commissioned to create two paintings for awards. The first was created for the “Mosaic Woman Award”, one of which was presented to Dr. Maya Angelou on October 28, 2010 in National Harbor, MD. The second was created for His Excellency Nelson Mandela’s for a Lifetime Achievement Award from Africare, which was accepted for him by his daughter and grandson on November 5, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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