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Kelly Murphy

Kelly Murphy is an American author and illustrator from Massachusetts. Murphy attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island, her student work receiving distinction from the Society of Illustrators. After graduating with a bachelor of fine arts degree in illustration in 1999, Murphy started a freelance career as an editorial and children's books illustrator. She wrote and illustrated her first picture book The Boll Weevil Ball in 2002[1] and has since illustrated a dozen more, including stories written by award-winning authors such as Kathi Appelt, J. Patrick Lewis, Linda Sue Park, Richard Peck and Jane Yolen. Murphy has also created artwork for theater[2] and film, including the 2003 indie feature Little Erin Merryweather[3] and the 2013 documentary Muscle Shoals.[4]

In 2009 Murphy earned an E.B. White Read Aloud Award[5] for illustrating the New York Times Best Seller[6] Masterpiece, written by Elise Broach. She has also illustrated a companion book to Masterpiece, The Miniature World of Marvin and James, written as well by Elise Broach. She has taught at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Montserrat College of Art[7] and is currently a faculty member of the Rhode Island School of Design.[8]


Kelly Murphy was one of 5 artists whose work was exhibited in the 18th Annual Children's Book Illustrators' Show & Signing at the Chemers Gallery in Tustin, CA in 2009.[9]

Kelly Murphy's original art was exhibited in the 2010 Children's Book Illustrators Exhibition at the Brush Art Gallery & Studios, celebrating outstanding illustration contributions in the field of children's literature, with fellow RISD alumni illustrators Christopher Bing, David Macaulay and David Wiesner.[10]

Kelly Murphy's work has been exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City, NY.[11]

In 2012, Kelly Murphy's work received a Gold Award in the Illustration West 50 competition and was exhibited at the Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California.[12] Kelly Murphy was also chosen from RISD's illustrious alumni as one of the select artists featured in RISD ICONS: A Legacy of Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design[13] exhibit at the Woods Gerry Gallery.

In 2014, Kelly Murphy was a keynote speaker at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 2014 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference in Austin, Texas.[14]


  1. ^ The Boll Weevil Ball book signing at the Danforth Museum of Art
  2. ^ Poster designs for past productions of Shakespeare on the Sound
  3. ^ Little Erin Merryweather at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Muscle Shoals at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Winner of the 2009 E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Picture Books
  6. ^ The New York Times Best Sellers List: Children's Paperback Books
  7. ^ Montserrat College of Art faculty directory
  8. ^ Rhode Island School of Design Illustration Department faculty list
  9. ^ Chemers Gallery 18th Annual Children's Book Illustrators' Show & Signing
  10. ^ Mark Shanahan &  
  11. ^ Society of Illustrators Book and Editorial Exhibit: Featured Artists
  12. ^ 50th Annual Illustration West Exhibition at Gallery Nucleus
  13. ^ RISD ICONS: A Legacy of Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design featured artists
  14. ^ Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 2014 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference

External links

  • Kelly Murphy's official website
  • Kelly Murphy on the Macmillan's Authors page
  • Kelly Murphy at the Internet Movie Database
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