Lisa Cinelli
Painter, Children's Book Author - Illustrator and Instructor

Lisa Cinelli
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Lisa Cinelli won First Place in the 2016 Tomie dePaola Illustration Contest and received a Special Mention from Tomie in the 2017 Illustration Contest. Lisa Cinelli is a painter, childrenʼs book author/illustrator and Teaching Artist. She has an MA in Illustration from Syracuse University and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Lisa taught Childrenʼs Book Illustration and other 2-D courses at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1994 until the winter of 2013 when she moved to New York. In New York, Lisa works in a studio filled with art supplies, books and sketchbooks. She loves experimenting with shapes of color and line. Her classes in picture book illustration, drawing, and painting are tailored to meet the artmaking goals of a wide variety of students.

Her clients include:

  • Holiday House Books for Young People
  • "Highlights High Five Magazine"
  • Bebop Books
  • Harcourt Brace Publisher
  • Cricket Magazine Group
  • Augsburg Fortress
  • Scott, Foresman Publishers
  • David C. Cook Publishing Company
  • World Book Publishers
  • Enesco
  • Nystrom
  • Baxter Travenol
  • "Childrenʼs Magic Window Magazine"

Lisa is a member of:

  • Society of Illustrators, New York
  • cbig-nyc, Childrenʼs Book Illustrators Group-New York City
  • SCBWI, Society of Childrenʼs Book Writers and Illustrators
  • SCBWI-Metro NY

Lisa Cinelli was invited to participate in "Draw Me a Story: Tomie and Friends", with Tomie dePaola in March, 2015, at the Wenham Museum in Wenham, Massachusetts.

Also in 2015, Lisa exhibited original childrenʼs book illustrations in three shows with the Childrenʼs Book Illustrators Group-New York City, cbig-nyc. Two exhibitions, "Dickens" and "Master Storytellers" were held at the Poe Park Visitor Center, Bronx, NY. The third exhibition, "Fairy Tales" opened June 2015 at the Main Brooklyn Public Library in Brooklyn, NY.

The picture book, "Peter Fished the Springs of Galilee" by Claire Bahamon and pictures by Lisa Cinelli was published Spring 2015 by Donkeyʼs Quest Press.

Enjoying teaching and learning in new places, Lisa taught Childrenʼs Book Illustration at Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, MI, and was granted a month long residency at Ragdale in Lake Forest, IL.

Contact: | 847-309-3067

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