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Keith Negley

Keith Negley's work has appeared on book covers, children's books, t-shirts, album covers, posters, skateboard decks, and even a watch. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and New Yorker in addition to many other national publications. He received his BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2000, and his MFA from The School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2013 and doesn’t regret the student debt one bit.

He’s won four medals from the Society of Illustrators, a medal from the Society of Illustrators West, and 2 medals from the 3x3 International Illustration annual. His book Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too) received a Kate Greenaway Medal nomination in 2016. Keith resides in the mountains of Bellingham Washington with his wife and two boys surrounded by giant spiders and teaches illustration at Western Washington University.


What inspires you to do the work you do?

I love the challenge of solving a client’s brief, and telling a story with images, but at the heart of it I’d say making art is my way of making connections with others.

What are you most proud of?

Professionally I have to say my most recent children’s book Mary Wears What She Wants. Inspired by the life of Mary Edwards Walker, the Civil War hero and dress reform activist. It was three years in the making and was just released in January of 2019!

What books are on your nightstand?

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix and My Heart by Corinna Luyken

Please share a favorite quote...

“Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval.” ― Susan B. Anthony