For Immediate Release
11 March 2010

Melissa Lamar
860.773.1407 (office)

Gallery Features Illustrations of Children’s Book Author


The public is invited to an exhibition of original illustrations by Bill Thomson in the Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin Art Gallery at Tunxis Community College March 29-April 25. An opening reception and signing for his newly released children’s book “Chalk,” will be held Tuesday, March 30,
4-7 p.m.
Refreshments will be served.

Thomson has created artwork for advertising, book, and editorial clients across the United States. His recent work has primarily focused on children’s books, including “Chalk,” (Cavendish Children’s Books, March 1, 2010), the first book he both wrote and illustrated. He also illustrated “Karate Hour,” “Building With Dad” and “Baseball Hour,” published by Cavendish Children’s Books.

Thomson, whose realistic color pencil and acrylic paintings use strong perspectives, dynamic compositions and unusual vantage points, was the winner of the 2009 Connecticut Book Award for Children’s Illustrator and was a finalist for the award in 2005 and 2007. His books have received numerous accolades including Gold Awards from the National Parenting Publications, Children’s Book Award Notable from the International Reading Association, and Booklist Editor’s Choice from the American Library Association. He has been nominated for state book awards in Washington, South Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and Indiana.

Thomson’s artwork has received numerous awards and recognition in the country’s most prestigious juried illustration competitions, including those sponsored by the Society of Illustrators (New York), the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Step Inside Design and Three By Three. He has also received Gold and Silver Awards from both the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators and the Connecticut Art Director’s Club, and his work has been exhibited in numerous group shows in New York and across the country.

Thomson is an associate professor of illustration at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, where he received the Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2004. He lives and works in Southington. To see more of Thomson’s artwork, visit

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, call 860.773.1621 or email William Kluba at