Jeni Reeves

Drawing on History: Jeni Reeves' Illustrations for 'Voice of Freedom: A Story About Frederick Douglass

January 17, 2015 - May 3, 2015
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave. S.E. Cedar Rapids, IA

Museum Hours: Tues-Sunday 10:00 am-4:00 pm.



Accompanying The ABCs of Children’s Book Illustration and Drawn to Illustration is a solo exhibition of the art of Cedar Rapids painter and children’s book illustrator Jeni Reeves. Born in Geneva, New York, Jeni Reeves first worked at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, before taking positions as a graphic designer for Infovision and SPS Design Studio, in London, England. After a period of painting in Kenya, Reeves moved to the United States where she has been working as a painter and illustrator since 1986.

Reeves’ children’s book titles include Booker T. Washington (1998), The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth (2000), Voice of Freedom: A Story about Frederick Douglass (2001) Pocahontas (2002), Willie McLean and the Civil War Surrender (2005), Enrique Esperanza and the Battle of the Alamo (2011), and George Washington and the Story of the U.S. Constitution (2011). The exhibition focuses on one of these titles, Voice of Freedom: A Story about Frederick Douglass, and traces its evolution from concept to reality, highlighting the many stages in between. It serves as a perfect complement to the other illustration exhibitions on view as well as highlighting the multitude of steps necessary for the production of a children’s illustrated book.

Opening Reception: February 13th 4:30-6:30 pm
Art Bites with Jeni Reeves: March 4th 12:15 pm

This exhibition is made possible by Rockwell Collins, the Program Grant Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, members of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and contributors to the Museum’s Annual Fund.

Visit Cedar Rapids Museum of Art for more information about this and other exhibitions at


January 12, 2013 - March 30, 2014
African American Museum of Iowa Cedar Rapids, IA

Museum hours: Monday thru Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (closed major holidays)

This exhibition explores Western Africa in the year AD 1590, before major slave trade began.  It focuses on a place in Ghana where the Asante people established a village in a clearing by a rainforest.  The visitor enters the exhibition through the rainforest and plantation coming into an Asante courtyard scene representing villagers and their activities; weaving, pottery, food preparation, basket-weaving, music and games.  The exhibition then becomes interactive, where the visitor may play at Mancala, stamp Adinkra designs, dress up in Kente cloth, learn about African foods, pottery, metalwork, trade and music through African drums and string instruments.  The Rainforest Mural was painted by Jeni Reeves, the Village Mural by Karen Hoyt, Exhibit Panels designed by Pam Hyberger.
West Africa

Sunday January 14th, 2012, 12:30 p.m.

As part of UNESCO's City of Literature in Iowa City
Jeni Reeves, the illustrator for the picture book 'Pocahontas' by Shannon Zemlicka
will read from it at 12:30 p.m., January 14th, 2012, in the Lindquist Room, Sheraton Iowa City Hotel.
Book-signings of 'Pocahontas' and 'The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth' will follow.



Jeni Reeves on 'Writers Voices' on KRUU radio

Listen to Cheryl Fusco Johnson's interview of artist Jeni Reeves on 'Writers Voices' on KRUU radio Fairfield Iowa about children's book illustration and the current exhibition 'Painted Pages' at the Phelps Youth Pavilion in the Waterloo Center for the Arts. Listen Here.

In conjunction with Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s exhibition, ‘An American Masterpiece: Charles Willson Peale’s George Washington’ ~

Jeni Reeves will present the PowerPoint ‘Picturing George Washington: Interpreting His Role in the Making of the Constitution’. The talk features the pictorial process for illustrating Washington in her recent children’s book “George Washington and the Story of the U.S. Constitution” by Candice Ransom, from the Millbrook Press Series History Speaks. A book signing follows.

October 6th, 2011 7:00 P.M.
Grant Wood Studio

The Grant Wood Studio and Visitor Center is located at 810 Second Avenue SE in downtown Cedar Rapids, just three blocks from CRMA, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

The Grant Wood Studio is owned and operated by the CRMA, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art which houses the world’s largest collection of works by Grant Wood.

AASL the American Association of Schools & Libraries
15th National Conference & Exhibition
Minneapolis MN

Friday October 28th 2011

How to Win Readers and Influence Writers

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
M100D/E in the Minneapolis Convention Center

Jeni Reeves, Carol Gorman, Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Sharron McElmeel.

Curiosity fuels reading and writing – Award-winning authors and illustrator, Jeni Reeves, share how curiosity and research take these authors to Tibet, across Iowa, and back in time to the Alamo. The talk offers a myriad of suggestions for building curiosity about the world, while inspiring readers and promoting writing across the curriculum. Mentor texts for six traits (plus one) of writing Q & A.

Signing at AASL Author, Author, Author Booth
Both #625 in the Exhibit Hall
3:15 -4:30 p.m.

Bring your books to be signed by any one of the above speakers. Visit the AASL Book booth or vendors’ booths (Jeni Reeves books available only at the Lerner Vendor Booth) to purchase your books or bring your library copies to be signed.