Steven James Petruccio


Steven James Petruccio is the illustrator of more than seventy children’s books. His awards include Parent’s Choice awards, The Ben Franklin Award and The Rip VanWinkle Award for his contribution to children’s literature. His work was included in the exhibit, “ American Nostalgia”: A tribute to Norman Rockwell. He is an Art In Education program presenter and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Studio Art Department of Marist College. Steven’s fine art work has been included in exhibits at the North East Watercolor Society, American Artists Professional League, Barrett Art Center and Kent Art Association. His work is in many private and corporate collections and he recently completed a mural for the Orange Regional Medical Center Pediatric entrance.



6 Sycamore Court Fishkill, NY 12524  |  845-896-6124

          BFA Illustration, School of Visual Arts NYC  1983

          Illustrator          1983-Present
I have created illustrations for trade and consumer publications, advertising agencies, design studios, comic books and toy companies. I have illustrated over sixty children's books for major publishers including Scholastic, Inc, Random House, Dell, Dover, and Mondo Publishing. I have also illustrated ten books for the Smithsonian Institution's Oceanic Collection published by Palm Kids/Soundprints, Inc.

          Adjunct Lecturer/Marist College          1990-Present
I have taught Fashion Illustration, Portfolio and shoe design in the Fashion Program as well as Watercolor Painting and Illustration in the Studio Arts Department. I currently teach Fundamentals of Art and Design.

          Program Presenter / Public Speaker          1995-Present
I develop and present programs and workshops related to book illustration. The programs are BOCES approved and meet NYS Arts in Education learning standards. Programs are geared to all ages and for all venues.

          Staff Studio Artist          2004-2008
Novo Arts, Inc. Responsible for creation of large and small scale paintings, series, murals and reproductions in a variety of styles and media for corporate and private commissions.

     Rip Van Winkle Award for contribution to children's literature
     Parents Choice Awards for "Dolphin's First Day" & "Manatee Winter"
     School Library Selection for "Octopus's Den"
     Ben Franklin Award for "Puffer's Surprise"
     Reading Rainbow Featured Book "Seashore Surprises"

     Olana Partnership/CCCA - First Place
     Outstanding Watercolor - Dutchess County Art Association
     Envirotech Lab Award - North East Watercolor Society

     Group exhibtions at:
          The American Artists Professional League
          The North East Watercolor Society
          Dutchess County Arts Council Armory Exhibit
          The Dutchess County Art Association
          The Kent Art Association
          Marist College Art Gallery

     Illustration exhibitions at:
          Muckenthaler Cultural Center
          The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
          Blodgett Memorial Library
          Hyde Park Library
          Scholastic, Inc.
          Barnes & Noble Booksellers
          Barrett Art Center
          Abram Lansing Elementary School


          Past President and member of the Board of Directors for Barrett Art Center/Dutchess County Art Association
          Member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
          Guitarist/Vocalist and Group Coordinator for St. Mary Mother of the Church Contemporary Choir