Bill Thomson Biography
Bill Thomson has created artwork for advertising, book, and editorial clients across the United States. Thomsonís recent work has focused primarily on childrenís books, illustrating Karate Hour, Building With Dad, Baseball Hour, and Soccer Hour; and he also created the wordless books, CHALK and FOSSIL.
Thomsonís books have been recognized as the National Parenting Publicationsí Gold Award, the American Library Associationís Childrenís Book Notable, the International Reading Associationís Teacherís Choices, Booklistís Editorís Choice, and the International Reading Associationís Childrenís Book Award Notable. Thomsonís books won the Connecticut Book Award for Childrenís Illustrator (2009 and 2011), Kentuckyís Bluegrass Award (2012), Ohioís Buckeye Childrenís Book Award (2012), and the Prix LivrentÍte in Paris, France (2013).
Thomson's artwork has also received more than 75 awards in the countryís most prestigious juried illustration competitions, including those sponsored by the Society of Illustrators (NY), the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Step Inside Design, and Three By Three. Thomson has received Gold and Silver Awards from both the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators and the Connecticut Art Directorís Club, and his work has been exhibited in numerous group shows in New York and across the country.
Bill Thomson is a Professor of Illustration at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford where he received the Outstanding Teachers Award in 2004 and the Innovations in Teaching Award in 2011. He also serves as Thesis Advisor in the Low Residency MFA in Illustration Program. Thomson lives and works in Southington, Connecticut with his wife, Diann, and their three sons, Billy, Nik, and Ethan. T o see more of Thomsonís artwork, please visit: http://www.billthomson.comClick here to download Bill Thomson's Resume.
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