BFA Illustration Faculty Jim Burke

Jim Burke

Previous BFA Illustration Chairperson


MFA Illustration - University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut
BFA Illustration - Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse, New York


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Jim Burke has illustrated ten award-winning picture books with publishers including Harper Collins, Little, Brown & Company, and Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Six of his picture books have received Awards of Excellence from The Original Art Show (NYC). Burke has also received Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum and Gold Best Book Awards, and starred reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal. Most recently, he collaborated with 4 other artists in “When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders” written by J. Patrick Lewis, the US Children’s Poet Laureate (Chronicle Books, 2012).

He has been awarded a Gold Medal, and 23 Awards of Excellence for his illustration from the Society of Illustrators, as well as accolades from Print, 3x3, The New York Art Directors Club, and Communication Arts. His paintings have been exhibited in The Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition (London) and have been commissioned for private and large-scale public spaces. Through art direction he has consistently worked with the industry’s top illustrators--an effort that has received 8 gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators.

Burke has served as chairman of the Illustration Department at the New Hampshire Institute of Art since 2009. There, he has placed heavy emphasis on concept, drawing and narrative, and it’s application through professional opportunities/projects for the students. Clients include, Easter Seals of NH, Palace Theatre, Red River Theatres, Opera NH, and Intown Manchester. In 2013, he was chosen for the 12th class of the New Hampshire Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty” who are helping make New Hampshire a better place to live. He has also taught at PRATT Institute, and as a visiting artist at Syracuse University. He earned his BFA from Syracuse University, and his MFA from the University of Hartford. He lives in Manchester, N.H., with his wife Suzanne and their three young daughters.