Kevin McCloskey holds an MFA in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. His post-graduate studies include African Art and Design at Kwame Nkrumah University in Ghana, West Africa.
His humorous illustrations have appeared in many newspapers including The Village Voice and The New York Times. His children’s picture book, Mrs. Fitz’s Flamingos was a selection of the Children’s Book of the Month Club. He wrote and illustrated the guidebook, Walking Around Hoboken.
In 2007 he was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to study the visual arts of Oaxaca, Mexico. He received a second NEH fellowship in 2011 to explore the visual culture of the Maya regions of the Yucatan and Belize.
He has written extensively about Mexican political prints. He has curated eight exhibitions of Mexican prints across the U.S, notably at the Fowler Museum, UCLA. In 2012, he was invited to Princeton University to lecture on Mexican prints at the Woodrow Wilson School of International Studies.
Kevin McCloskey is the author and illustrator of the ‘Giggle and Learn’ series of hardcover comics for children published by Toon Book.
The NY Times called his 2015 book, We Dig Worms! “a winning combination of facts and gross-out fun.” His worm book was followed by The Real Poop on Pigeons, 2016, Something’s Fishy, 2017, and coming in 2018, Snails Are Just My Speed.
All of his Toon books are edited and designed by Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker magazine.
McCloskey is a frequent visitor to area libraries and elementary schools. He has traveled the country from the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia to the California Academy of Sciences sharing fascinating facts about common creatures.
He blogs at illustrationconcentration.com
MFA, The School of Visual Arts