Lori McElrath-Eslick



Lori McElrath-Eslick



Education        1978-High School diploma, Fruitport High School

                        1981-Associate Degree, Kendall College of Art and Design

                                -Printmaking courses, Kansas City Art Institute

                        2000-Bachelors Degree: Illustration, Kendall College of Art and Design


Experience     1981-1987 Greeting Card Artist III, Hallmark Cards, Inc.

 Kansas City, Missouri

1987-Present: Children’s Book Illustrator / Freelance Illustrator

**Freelance work for: Country Living Magazine, Travel and Leisure Magazine, Cricket Magazine Group, Highlights for Children, The National Wildlife Federation, Simon & Schuster Publishing, Scholastic Publishing, HarperCollins Children’s Publishing


Books              Nishnawbe, A Story of Indians in Michigan, by Lynne Deur, 1981

                        The Lark Who Had No Song, by Carolyn Nystrom, 1991*

                        Does God Know How to Tie Shoes?, by Nancy White Carlstrom, 1993*

                        I Am Christmas, by Nancy White Carlstrom, 1995

                        Read For Me, Mama, by Vashanti Rahaman, 1997*

                        Da Wei’s Treasure, by Raymond and Margaret Chang, 1999

                        Mommy Poems, by John Micklos Jr., 2000*

                        From Slavery to Freedom, by Melinda Lilly 2003*

                        Jean Nickolet , the Sign of the Thunderbird by Peter & Connie Roup 2005*

                        If Jesus Came to my House, by Joan Gale Thomas, 2008*  

                        Barefoot, Poems for Naked Feet, by Stefi Weisburd, 2008*

                         * in print


Exhibitions         2008-Magazine Merit Honor Award-Society of Children’s Book Authors and illustrators

       2007-Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club exhibition, at National Art Club

Collections         2006-Magazine Merit Honor Award-Society of Children’s Books Authors and illustrators

                        2004-Recent Alumni Graduate Award- Kendall College of Art and Design

                        2002-Ezra Jack Keats Fellowship Award winner

                        2002-Artist in Residence at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

                        1999-Full Membership awarded- Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NY

                        1999-Society of Illustrators Exhibition and Annual, NY

                        1999-Parent’s Choice Silver Award for the book: Da Wei’s Treasure

1997-International Reading Association’s Storyteller Award for the book: 

         Read For Me, Mama

1997-Magazine Merit Honorable Mention-Society of Children’s Book 

          Authors and Illustrators

1995-Magazine Merit Award, Best Magazine Illustration-Society of

         Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators

1994- Original Art Exhibition, Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, MI

                 1993-Bolognafiere: International Illustration Exhibit and Annual-Bologna,   

         Italy-Magazine Illustrations from Ladybug Children’s Magazine 

         Cover art and story: Who Gets All the Pumpkins?

1992-Degas Award: Midwest Pastel Society

1991-Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Award for Oil Painting: Catherine           

          Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NY

1986-Society of Illustrators Annual and Exhibition, NY

1984-Sociey of Illustrators Annual and Exhibition, NY

1981-Society of Illustrators Student Annual and Exhibition, NY


Other Exhibitions:

Stockbridge Gallery-William Jewell College, Liberty, MO-solo exhibition

University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI-solo exhibition

Hackley Art Museum, Muskegon, MI-solo exhibition


Paintings in Collections:

Sprint Corporation, Kansas City, MO

Mazza Museum of Children’s Book Art, University of Findlay, OH

California Department of Education Collection

Grand Valley University School of Education Collection

Kerlan Collection, Anderson Library, University of Minnesota

Toledo-Lucas Children’s Library, Toledo, Ohio

DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI

Muskegon Intermediate School District, Muskegon, MI

Hackley Public Library, Muskegon, MI

Cricket Magazine Group, Peru, IL

**also in many private collections



                        Mazza Museum Annual Summer Institute, University of Findlay, OH

                        Michigan Reading Association, (different Locations) 1998-2004

                        Celebrate Literacy, Grand Valley University, Allendale, MI 1998-2004

                        **also many school visits /grade school artist in residence

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