Chris Van Dusen is a Caldecott winning children's book illustrator and beloved Maine author...Not only is he an incredible artist but a stellar writer as well. He draws circus animals so cunningly that you would believe they truly do hide in many corners of your neighborhood. His workshops will likely include drawing tricks, writing techniques and a lot of laughs! Ask him about his robot collection.
Emily Flake is an accomplished New Yorker cartoonist, author, and illustrator from New York City. Her illustration work has been in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail, Newsweek, and lots of other places. Our "Picture This" exhibit features her new book, Mama Tried (dispatches from the seemingly underbelly of modern parenting). She is an excellent Mama and has a very very funny take on life. Her workshop last year at Maine College of Art was wildly successful, we can't wait to have her back in town for more!
Kevin Hawkes is another beloved Maine illustrator and author. (They tend to find their way into our hearts and stay there, even when we are all grown up!) His book, Wicked Big Toddlah, is currently part of our "Picture This" exhibit at the Portland Public library. Speaking of libraries, his New York Times bestseller, Library Lion, is also a favorite of ours. Check out the exhibit and don't miss the entertaining early versions of Toddlah wielding a chain saw.
Chris Raschka is a Caldecott Award winning author and illustrator from New York bringing us unique and soulful books such as Mysterious Thelonious, YO, YES!, and Simple Gifts to name just a few. Chris generously lent us his many beautiful sketch versions of New York is English, Chattanooga is Creek, jewels to pour over and be amazed by.
Danielle Madore is an accomplished tattoo artist and illustrator who believes there are many ways to tell a story. She is thoughtful, inspirational, and her tattoos are beautiful. You can visit her at Black Hen Studio in South Portland, Maine. We are excited to be working with her!
Matt Tavares is an award winning author/illustrator as well as a big baseball fan. His in-depth research and detailed drawings give his books a richness that stands out in the field. Mudball, Henry Aaron's Dream, Becoming Babe Ruth, Oliver's Game, There Goes Ted Williams, and Zachary's Ball are part of his heralded baseball roster. Growing up Pedro recently won an Americas Award Honorable Mention and is exhibited in our "Picture This" show.
When the World Series is over, we'll tell you about all the other wonderful books Matt has created on different subjects. Go Cubs!
Lizzy Rockwell has been an illustrator all her life, and gained her childrens book making experience early on, working with her parents, harlan and anne rockwell. her joyful award winning artwork can be seen in picture books, magazines, games, on walls and textiles. Her book, a bird is a bird is currently exhibited in our "picture this" show along with images from the very first version of it, drawn by her in a little spiral notebook when she was six years old! She is a favorite school presenter and her quilting workshops are treasured by whole communities.
Scott Nash is the award winning children's book author and illustrator who is the main instigator, impetus and all around general enthusiast for Illustration Institute. His dream is to spread the joy of illustration and to encourage kids and adults alike to start scribbling and never look back! Sharpen your pencils and your wits, he is generous with drawing tricks and fun stories about his childhood. Pay attention and you will see how characters from his past end up as characters on the page...with a little artistic license thrown in!
Jamie Hogan is an accomplished author, artist, and illustrator and she has an eagle eye for finding the perfect piece of sea pottery at the beach! She has written and illustrated Seven Days of Daisy, as well as several other award winning children's books. She has been a teacher of illustration at Maine College of Art since 2003. Her illustrations from the book Rickshaw Girl are on exhibit in our "Picture This" show. Jamie's behind-the-scenes process board shows how she uses local island kids, including her lovely daughter, Daisy, as models for her work. Her pastels are sublime and in the collection of many who love her home of Peaks Island, Maine.
Mary Anne Lloyd
Mary Anne LLoyd is, in a word, enthusiastic. Everything she touches is imbued with her positive creative energy. You can find her distinctive calligraphic style everywhere from logos for Rosemont Market and Bakery to games and books for Klutz Publishing. Mary Anne is also chair of the Illustration Department at MECA. Come see Mary Anne's work at the Picture this exhibit!
Suzy Becker is a brilliant writer and illustrator. You and your cat may be familiar with her famously successful Everything I know I learned from my cat. Your dog of course, surely treasures My Dog's the World's best dog. While her comic writing and drawing resume is long, Suzy is also an activist, has been a White House Fellow and spearheaded several major fundraising events including Ride Far, a bi-annual bike ride that has raised over $1,100,000 for HIV/AIDS resources. Irreverent and witty, she will challenge you to a drawing duel and banana grams at the same time! Illustrations from her book, Manny's Cows, are currently on display in the "Picture this" exhibit and we look forward to her workshop, you should too!
Daniel Minter is an artist, illustrator, and educator in Portland, Maine. His work is powerful, inspiring, and beautiful. He uses a myriad of media and the pieces included in our exhibit are the inspirations for various Portland Stage production posters. He is another award winning gem who teaches illustration at Maine College of Art. We are lucky to have him on the board of Ilustration Institute as well!
Henrik Drescher is an award winning author, illustrator, and fine artist. Pat the beastie is a perennially favorite children's book. In addition to his thought provoking, energetic, collage illustration and ink drawings, his fine art includes large scale mixed media works and handmade books. His workshops are always eclectic and inspiring. Henrik recently relocated to Brooklyn from Yunnan, China. His wife, artist Wu Wing Yee and their intrepid little dog, Tofu accompanied him, along with all of his collage bits. Lucky us!
Rick Parker is a treasure, a cartoonist whose humorous artwork has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Time magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Life magazine, and comic books by Marvel Comics. We are incredibly excited to be featuring some of Rick's original art and sketches for his Beavis and Butt-Head comic book in our exhibit.
Nancy Gibson Nash
Nancy Gibson Nash is a collage artist and mixed media illustrator. Most of her illustrations are built by hand with found objects. She delights in color, texture and finding just the right way to tell a visual story through the unusual and unexpected combination of materials.
Her favorite part of illustration is teasing the viewer to see objects in a new way.
We are proud to announce that Ashley Bryan has joined the Illustration Institute and will be exhibiting original art and sketches from his much beloved, Coretta Scott King Award winning book, Beautiful Blackbird. He will also be our first presenter with his newest book, Freedom Over Me. We are delighted to be able to share this Maine treasure with a wide audience!
Marty Braun is a nationally known illustrator. He creates colorful, graphic artwork for editorial, corporate and advertising clients. He uses airbrush techniques and computer graphics. While others see his work throughout the country, we are lucky to see his work all around portland, maine...from theater posters to beer labels and brewery trucks. "there goes Marty!" He is a happy soul, has lots and lots of experience and snazzy shirts, too. He and his wife, jamie hogan, top the charts in talent for one family!
Scott Whitehouse is a graphic designer and illustrator located in Brunswick, Maine. A graduate of Maine College of Art and colleague of Scott and Nancy Nash at Nashbox, his unique talents in Illustrator have garnered him many stellar projects. His infographics for Maine Brewing Company are included in our "Picture This" exhibit. He has also illustrated many familiar logos, beer labels and music posters. His workshop will include his endless patience and highlight his enthusiasm for the possibilities we can all embrace with digital media.