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Since 1958, the Society of Illustrators has elected to its Hall of Fame artists recognized for their distinguished achievement in the art of illustration. Artists are elected by former presidents of the Society and are chosen based on their body of work and the impact it has made on the field of illustration.



2015 Hall of Fame Honorees:

Walter Baumhofer
In the world of illustration the name Walter Baumhofer resonates with a respectful gravitas. His cover paintings from the golden era of pulp magazines are among the genre’s most iconic images. A creative ambition elevated his reputation beyond the low-paying pulps and into the higher-pa ...
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Bernard D'Andrea
Bernard D’Andrea’s has had a long and varied career that began well over a half-century ago. A native of Buffalo, NY, he showed artistic talent early on in a nurturing atmosphere. As a teenager, his hero was Vincent Van Gogh and he worked at a drawing table he built for himself. Reward ...
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Will Eisner
Will Eisner enjoyed a long, highly productive and ever-innovative career. He was still at his studio drawing board five days a week, with no diminution of skills, when he died with his 88 th birthday approaching. Eisner’s bold artistry and imaginative storytelling made him one of the great ...
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Virgil Finlay
In 2014, we celebrated the 100 th year anniversary of the birth of artist Virgil Finlay. Finlay understood that the mark of a great artist was that his work lived on for decades after him. A look at his work should convince any doubters that Finlay’s work will remain relevant for many, ...
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Ted and Betsy Lewin
Illustration is not a particularly dangerous profession—unless you are Ted and Betsy Lewin! From rescuing a truck from crocodile waters in Botswana, to choking on smoke while trying to keep the fire going in a Sami lavu (tepee) 125 miles above the Arctic Circle, to running into a ...
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Patrick Oliphant
There are three kinds of humorous art. Parody, where you make fun of people who are smarter than you are. Satire, where you make fun of people who are richer than you are. And burlesque, where you do both while taking your clothes off. Patrick Oliphant doesn’t do any of these. Especia ...
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Arthur Szyk
Arthur Szyk (pronounced Shick) was born in Łódź , Poland in 1894 and died in New Canaan, Connecticut, in 1951. During his decades-long career, his art was internationally recognized and he was decorated by the governments of Poland, France and the United States in honor of his creative a ...
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