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Since 1958, the Society of Illustrators has elected to its Hall of Fame artists recognized for their distinguished achievement in the art of illustration. Artists are elected by former presidents of the Society and are chosen based on their body of work and the impact it has made on the field of illustration.

Hall of Fame Inductee: Dale Messick
IKnown as the “Grand Dame of the Funnies,” Dale Messick is America’s first syndicated female cartoonist for creating the popular adventure comic strip Brenda Starr, Reporter. Debuting in June of 1940, it was an immediate hit. Each week for the…
Hall of Fame Inductee: Walter Percy Day
Image credit: Walter Percy Day, Black Narcissus (1947), A production of The Archers, General aFilm Distributors Limited. Backdrop matte painting by Walter Percy Day. British artist Walter Percy Day was born into a family of craftsmen and trained first as…
Hall of Fame Inductee: Margaret Brundage
In a time when women had few opportunities, Margaret Brundage earned a place in history as a leading cover artist and became a trailblazer for generations to come. Born in 1900 in Chicago, Illinois, Brundage’s early education was spent alongside…
Hall of Fame Inductee: Floyd Norman
Image credit: Floyd Norman: An Animated Life. Fiore Media Group.  Disney Legend Floyd Norman is an American animator, storyman, and beloved “troublemaker” whose 65+ year career represents creative perseverance.  Born in Santa Barbara, California, in 1935, Norman began his career…
Hall of Fame Inductee: Craig Mullins
Image credit: Craig Mullins, Age of Empires III. Developed by Microsoft Corporation's Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios. Release date 2005. Craig Mullins is one of the world’s leading illustration and concept artists. He began his career studying…
Hall of Fame Inductee: Braldt Bralds
Braldt Bralds was born in the Netherlands and, from an early age, began showing a high interest in the arts. He enrolled in the prestigious Grafische School in Rotterdam at the age of twelve, where he gained broad knowledge in…

Previous Hall of Fame Inductees

2020: Edmund Dulac, Jean Henri Gaston Giraud (Mœbius), Jeffrey Catherine Jones, Drew Struzan, Barbara Nessim, Thomas Blackshear
2019: Roz Chast, Vincent Di Fate , Mark Summers, Frank Godwin, Mary Petty, Alice Barber Stephens
2018: Robert Crumb, Kate Greenaway, René Gruau, Jack Kirby, Heinrich Kley , Hilary Knight, James McMullan, Kay Nielsen, C. F. Payne
2017: Mort Drucker, Bart Forbes, Anita Kunz, Ralph Steadman, Burne Hogarth, George Petty, Gustaf Tenggren
2016: Marshall Arisman, Rolf Armstrong, Guy Billout, Peter de Sève, William Glackens, Beatrix Potter, Richard Powers
2015: Bernard D’Andrea, Walter Baumhofer, Will Eisner , Virgil Finlay, Ted and Betsy Lewin, Patrick Oliphant, Arthur Szyk
2014: Mary Blair, Walter Everett, Al Jaffee, William Cameron Menzies, Alex Raymond, Ed Sorel, Syd Mead
2013: Ted CoConis, Sandy Kossin, Murray Tinkelman, George Herriman, Arthur Rackham, Charles M. Schulz
2012: R.O. Blechman, John Collier, Nancy Stahl, Ludwig Bemelmans, Edward Gorey, John Sloan
2011: Fred Otnes, Jerry Pinkney, Kenneth Paul Block, Alan E. Cober, Robert Heindel, Arthur William Brown Recognition Award: Monte Beauchamp
2010: Wilson McLean, Chris Van Allsburg, Charles Edward Chambers, Earl Oliver Hurst, Orson Byron Lowell, Arthur William Brown Recognition Award: Richard Berenson, Dean Cornwell Achievement Award: Scott Bakal and Robert Zimmerman
2009: Paul Davis, Arnold Roth, Mario Ruben Cooper, Laurence Fellows, Herbert Morton Stoops, Arthur William Brown Recognition Award: Joyce Rogers Kitchell, Dean Cornwell Achievement Award – Abby Merrill
2008: Benton and Matt Clark, Kinuko Y. Craft, Naiad and Walter Einsel, Arthur William Brown Recognition Award: Judy and Arthur Zankel , Dean Cornwell Achievement Award: Irene Gallo and Dan Dos Santos
2007: David Grove, Gary Kelley, Edward Windsor Kemble, Russell Patterson, George Stavrinos, Arthur William Brown Achievement Award: Warren Rogers
2006: Gilbert Bundy, Bradshaw Crandell, Keith Ferris, Harold Foster, Frank H. Netter, MD, Alvin J. Pimsler, Jack Neal Unruh, Arthur William Brown Achievement Award: Nan Lee Roberts, Dean Cornwell Recognition Award: Jill Bossert
2005: Jack Davis, Brad Holland, Herbert Paus, Albert Beck Wenzell, Arthur William Brown Achievement Award: Murray Tinkelman
2004: John Berkey, John Groth, Robert Andrew Parker, Saul Steinberg, Dean Cornwell Recognition Award: Lila Acheson Wallace
2003: Elaine Duillo, David Levine, Bill Mauldin, Jack Potter, Dean Cornwell Recognition Award: Barnett Plotkin
2002: E. Simms Campbell, Milton Glaser, Jean-Leon Huens , Daniel Schwartz, Dean Cornwell Recognition Award: Wendy Popp, Rudy Gutierrez
2001: John James Audubon, William H. Bradley, Howard Brodie, Felix Octavius Carr Darley, Charles R. Knight, Franklin McMahon, Arthur William Brown Achievement Award: Henry Fleming, Dean Cornwell Recognition Award: Alice Price
2000: James Bama, David Stone Martin, Alice and Martin Provensen, Nell Brinkley, Charles Livingston Bull, James Allen St. John
1999: Mitchell Hooks, Andrew Loomis, Antonio Lopez, Stanley Meltzoff, Thomas Moran, Rose O’Neill, Adolph Treidler
1998: Edward Penfield, Frank Frazetta, Martha Sawyers, Kerr Eby, Robert M Cunningham, Boris Artzybasheff
1997: Diane and Leo Dillon, Frank McCarthy, Chesley Bonestell, Joe DeMers, Maynard Dixon, Harrison Fisher
1996: Herb Tauss, Anton Otto Fischer, Winsor McCay, Violet Oakley, Mead Schaeffer
1995: James Avati, McClelland Barclay, Joseph Clement Coll, Frank E. Schoonover
1994: Harry Anderson, Elizabeth Shippen Green
1993: Robert McGinnis, Thomas Nast, Coles Phillips
1992: Joe Bowler, Edwin A. Georgi, Dorothy Hood
1991: Donald Teague, Jessie Willcox Smith, William A. Smith
1990: Burt Silverman, Robert Riggs, Morton Roberts
1989: Erté, John Held Jr., Arthur Ignatius Keller
1988: Robert T. McCall, René Bouché, Pruett Carter
1987: Maurice Sendak, Haddon Sundblom
1986: Al Hirschfeld, Rockwell Kent
1985: Robert Weaver, Charles Marion Russell, Arthur Burdett Frost
1984: Neysa Moran McMein, John LaGatta, James Williamson
1983: Mark English, Noel Sickles, Franklin Booth
1982: John Clymer, Henry Patrick Raleigh, Eric (Carl Erickson)
1981: Stanley W Galli, F.R. Gruger, John Gannam
1980: Saul Tepper, Howard Chandler Christy, James Montgomery Flagg
1979: Benjamin Albert Stahl, Edwin Austin Abbey, Lorraine Fox
1978: Maxwell Coburn Whitmore, Norman Mills Price, Frederic Remington
1977: Robert Peak, Wallace Morgan, J.C. Leyendecker
1976: John Falter, Winslow Homer, Harvey Dunn
1975: Bernard Fuchs, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle
1974: Tom Lovell, Charles Dana Gibson, Newell Conver Wyeth
1973: Jon Whitcomb
1972: Ray Prohaska
1971: Stevan Dohanos
1970: Rube Goldberg
1969: Austin Briggs
1968: Peter Helck
1967: Robert Fawcett
1966: Al Dorne
1965: Al Parker
1964: Arthur William Brown
1963: Walter Biggs
1962: Edward Wilson
1961: Floyd Davis
1960: Fred Cooper
1959: Dean Cornwell, Harold Von Schmidt
1958: Norman Rockwell

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