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John Hendrix

Associate Professor

Chair, MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture and Undergraduate Design


Steinberg 011

Campus Box 1031


John Hendrix loves to draw. In fact, he is drawing right now. Born in St. Louis, John has been drawing since shortly after that moment. After years of investing his college fund on comic books, John discovered that one might be able to draw pictures for a living. He attended The University of Kansas to study graphic design and illustration. Rock Chalk Jayhawk. After working for a few years as a designer, John moved from Kansas to New York City to become famous. There, John attended The School of Visual Arts in the graduate "Illustration as Visual Essay" program and graduated in May 2003 with honors and debt. During his time illustrating in New York, John also taught at Parsons School of Design and worked at The New York Times as Assistant Art Director of the Op-Ed page for several years.

John's work has appeared in such publications as Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Esquire, The New York Times, and Nickelodeon among many others. He has also drawn for many book jackets for the likes of Random House, Harper Collins, Greenwillow Books, Knopf, Penguin, and St. Martin's Press. His images also appeared in advertising for ESPN/ABC, the NBA, Travelocity, and Mercedes-Benz. John's work has won numerous awards, including the Society of Illustrator's Silver Medal in 2006 and 2008 and the SILA Silver Best of Show Award. Many of his drawings have also appeared in the award publications American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Society for Publication Design, Communication Arts and Print’s Regional Design Annual. John was featured in Taschen's published survey of the top 150 contemporary illustrators in the world, "Illustration Now!" In 2009, one of his drawings appeared in the book "Images & Icons, 50 Years of Illustration," a survey of the best images over the last half-century. In addition to his editorial drawings and picture books, John is teaching undergraduate illustration at Washington University. He lives in St. Louis with his beautiful bride Andrea, son Jack and daughter Annie.