Illustration Institute

about ii

Illustration Institute's mission is to raise appreciation and awareness of illustration in its many forms. ii seeks to provide people of all ages the opportunity to learn directly from master artists and working professionals through exhibitions and workshops provided at public libraries, museums, schools, and other community venues. 

Illustration is an artform with an ancestral home in Maine.  Our state has a legacy of attracting authors and illustrators from the beloved Robert McCloskey, Barbara Cooney and E.B.White to current gems; Melissa Sweet and Chris Van Dusen, Ashley Bryan and Daniel Minter to name only a few. Inspired by this rich heritage, Illustration Institute is specifically interested in sharing this legacy and teaching new illustrators and writers of all ages and abilities.

In October, 2016 we launched our first illustration exhibit at Portland Public Library, featuring eighteen contemporary professional  illustrators. We then held a total of twenty free public events throughout 2017 featuring a diverse group of illustrators and writers of national acclaim. 

In June of 2017, we also  launched a summer artist residency on Peaks Island, Maine bringing illustrators, writers and artists to share their talents with the community as well as be inspired by the beauty of the island.  

Illustration Institute gives community members the rare opportunity to learn how these artists have developed their careers and craft.  They  bring their unique perspective and behind-the-scenes view into what the creative process and their careers require. This rich insight aims to inspire, to instruct and to enrich students of all ages and abilities.

Illustrators bring stories to life in a tangible way. Our programming provides the opportunity to create deep and personal connections to art and literacy.

Co-founded by illustrators Scott Nash and Nancy Gibson-Nash, Illustration Institute is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit whose board of directors includes President, Ponch Membreno, Toad & Co.; Treasurer, Eduardo Daranyi, Berry Dunn; Daniel Minter, author/illustrator; Sarah Campbell, Portland Public Library; Cameron Kelly Rosenblum, Cape Elizabeth School Librarian; Deb Chase, retired schoolteacher; Dale Freudenberger, founder FLS Energy; John Faison, retired NYC social worker.