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ABOUT Suzanne McGinness



Suzanne McGinness completed her BFA in Illustration at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2007. She received
a Master of Arts in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University, England in 2009.


Suzanne is the author and illustrator of the children’s book My Bear Griz, a White Raven Winner of 2012. Suzanne currently works as a children’s book illustrator and as  faculty member for the Illustration Department at The Cleveland Institute of Art.

I enjoy making art in a variety of media including drawing and painting materials, collage, photography, letterpress and sculpture.

I draw from my surroundings as well as day to day experiences, capturing those small memories from life’s passing moments. This impact of memory to hand creates the release from which characters form and situations develop. I explore visual narratives and sequential images that evolve into mini realties, hopefully motivating young minds to discover and explore his or her environment and imagination.

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DDR Artist in Residence 2013-2014

"DDR Artist in Residence program featuring Tom Matousek and Suzanne McGinness. These initiatives supported local youth in the communities our shopping centers serve through educational seminars, and DDR was proud to sponsor several events across the U.S. and Puerto Rico in 2013.

These stories showcase the distinct sense of philanthropic pride that embodies our corporate culture. "


White Raven Award 2012

Throughout each year, the language specialists (Lektoren) at the Internationale Jugendbibliothek (International Youth Library / IYL) select recently published books that they consider especially noteworthy. This »premium label« is given to books of international interest that deserve a wider reception on account of their universal theme and/or their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design.



Junior Magazine- Shortlisted Most Promising New Talent 2012  - My Bear Griz by Suzanne McGinnes


Macmillan Children’s Book Competition, Highly Commended, 2008 


Society of Illustrators Student Scholastic Competition, 2007


The American Greetings Scholarship for Excellence in Illustration, 2006 



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