Saturday, November 13, 2010

Tim Bowers

Bowers earned his BFA degree from the Columbus College of Art & Design (Ohio).  He began his career in advertising and editorial illustration, working with clients including Proctor & Gamble, Wendy’s and Owens-Corning.  He was recruited by Hallmark and worked five years at their headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri as a greeting card artist, artist supervisor and as an original member of the company’s humor group, Shoebox Greetings.  Bowers’ first children’s book illustrations were published in 1986. Since then, he has illustrated over 30 additional titles.

For the past 25 years, Bowers has been creating artwork primarily for the children’s book market and the social expression industry. Bowers characters have been licensed for various products including, cookie and popcorn tins, Christmas ornaments, throws/blankets, needlecraft kits, kitchen products, gift bags, puzzles, rubber stamps, and resin figurines.

In addition to his studio schedule, Bowers often visits elementary schools to promote literacy and to share his experience as an illustrator of children’s books.  He has been an adjunct instructor at the Columbus College of Art & Design and a presenter at author/illustrator conferences, covering such subjects as: humor in illustration, self promotion and preparing to enter the book illustration market.  Bowers lives with his wife in Granville, Ohio.  They have three daughters and a son.

His book illustration has received recognition including:
•     Chicago Book Clinic- Honor Book
•    Child Magazine- Top Pick selection
•     Children’s Choice Award
•     Child Magazine- Best Children’s Book Award
•     Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Book award
•      Bank Street College Best Book of the year
•    Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best” list
•       Junior Library Guild selections

Tim Bowers’ illustrations have also been included in:
•    Society of Illustrator’s Annual Art Exhibition
•       S.I. Humor Exhibition
•       The Original Art Exhibition- Celebrating the Fine Art of Children’s Book
    Illustration (Master Eagle Gallery, NY)
•    Spectrum 17: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
•     Mazza Museum- International Art from Picture Books

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