Mary Jane Begin

Mary Jane Begin is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. In addition to her role as Adjunct Professor at Rhode Island School of Design, she is also the Chair of Illustration in the M.F.A for Children’s Literature at Hollins University.  Mary Jane lectures, creates workshops and exhibits her artwork around the globe and teaches online courses for  LinkedInLearning.com and CreativeLive.com. She has received awards from the Society of Illustrators, Communications Arts, the Irma Simonton Black Award, and the Critici Erba Prize at the Bologna Book Fair. She won the prestigious Bing Xin Children’s Literature Award for her picture book, Willow Buds, The Tale of Toad and Badger. Her latest book, Ping Meets Pang, debuted on July 6th, 2021. Her artwork has been exhibited in one-woman shows at Books of Wonder Gallery in New York and Beverly Hills, at the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, and her latest  solo exhibitions were at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University and the Design Society in Shenzhen, China. Her work can be found at www.maryjanebegin.com