Rashin Kheiriyeh Receives 2017 Sendak Fellowship!

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Rashin Kheiriyeh has recieved a 2017 Sendak Fellowship for her book, "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly."  Kheiriyeh is an internationally recognized children's book illustrator and author and lecturer in both the art department and Persian flagship program at the University of Maryland. As the winner of the 2017 Nowruz Banner Contest from the Farhang Foundation, which recognizes orignial designs from graphic artists that illustrate the Iranian New Year, or Nowruz, Kheiriyeh's design will be featured on hundreds of street pole banners throughout the city of Los Angeles.

At the 2017 Illustrators' Exhibition of the Bologna Children's Book Fair, Kheiriyeh's illustrations were among the 75 selected by the jurors from submissions among nearly 4000 illustrators.

Kheiriyeh's illustrations recieved special distinction at the 2017 Nami Councours, an annual international illustration contest. 

Of her winning design for the 2017 Nowruz Banner Contest, Kheiriyeh says, "My Nowruz illustration is inspired by traditional Persian art. I tried to bring together traditional patterns and designs influenced by ancient Persian illustrations, with all those bright colors, fables, and storytelling feelings from my Iranian heritage, as well as my childhood memories from Iran, while incorporating Western abstraction," adds Kheiriyeh. "I've always had a great passion to work on Persian literature and adapt it to the modern audience. I want to retell those stories with my original images."

Kheiriyeh earned an MFA in graphic design from Alzahra University. She has also studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and regularly illustrates for the New York Times.

Read more about Rashin Kheiriyeh on her website.