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James Bennett began his professional career shortly after receiving recognition from the Society of Illustrators and RSVP as a scholarship student at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

His conceptually humorous illustrations have since appeared as covers and interior pieces for The New York Times, the L.A. Times, Forbes, Time, Sports Illustrated, The Weekly Standard, MAD, Business Week, New York, The Smithsonian, Reader’s Digest, Yankee, Golf, and Philadelphia magazines, among others. He has also produced art for RCA Records, American Express, Paramount Pictures, Citibank, Hasbro, and Milton Bradley.

Bennett’s picture books for children include “The 1,000 Year Old Man” by Mel Brooks, “Tell Me a Scary Story... But Not Too Scary” by Carl Reiner, and “Halloween” by Jerry Seinfeld. Two of those books held a place as the top five in the New York Times Best Seller list.

Bennett’s awards include the prestigious Hamilton King, which acknowledges an illustrator’s outstanding body of work represented by the “Best Illustration of the Year By a Member”, the Stevan Dohanos Award for Best Illustration in the annual “Our Own Show”, and in 2002 was the recipient of a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York. In 2000 he won a Gold Award in the “Creative Show” in San Diego. Bennett has been featured in Step-by-Step Graphics and Communication Arts, and recently in an exhibition at the Travis Gallery in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Currently a member of the Executive Board of Directors at the Society of Illustrators, Bennett is also active in the Illustrators Partnership of America. He taught illustration at the School of Visual Arts for over 6 years, and was an instructor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has lectured at Syracuse University, Kendall Collge, the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Society of Illustrators, and Rhode Island School of Design.


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