SOURCE: Montserrat College of Art

April 29, 2010 16:04 ET

Kelly Murphy, Renowned Children's Book Illustrator and Montserrat College of Art Faculty Member, Joins New York Times Bestseller List With New MASTERPIECE, by Elise Broach (Square Fish)

BEVERLY, MA--(Marketwire - April 29, 2010) -  Montserrat College of Art ( is proud to recognize faculty member Kelly Murphy for her illustrations of MASTERPIECE, by Elise Broach (Square Fish, $7.99), which this week debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List at #10 in the Children's paperbacks section.

According to Stephen D. Immerman, Ed.D, Montserrat College of Art President, "Kelly is an accomplished book illustrator. She wrote and illustrated her first book, 'The Boll Weevil Ball' in 2002 (Henry Holt and Company). Since then she has illustrated 'A Place to Grow,' (Bloom and Grow Books) and 'Loony Little,' released by Candlewick Press. She has also signed on to illustrate 'Dancing Matilda,' written by Sarah Hager (Harper Collins), and 'Good Babies,' written by Tim Meyers (Candlewick). Some of Kelly's other clients include Cricket Magazine, Farrar Straus and Giroux, Houghton Mifflin and Company, Lafayette College, Peaceable Kingdom Press, and the UTNE Reader."

"MASTERPIECE" brings to life the beetle, an artistic fellow whose creations help him forge a friendship with a human boy (Ages 8 to 13).

Kelly was born and raised in southeastern Massachusetts. After failing a few gym classes and falling asleep during geometry, she made the right move to develop her artistic skills. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1999 with a B.F.A. in Illustration.

After graduation, Kelly pursued a career in teaching, as well as freelance illustration. Creating artwork for many different arenas, ranging from educational to independent film, Kelly was honored when asked to join the Montserrat faculty. "I hope to help the students with my failures and successes as a fellow illustrator. You learn mostly by doing," she said.

"The interaction between artists is so essential, especially through teaching. What I love most about teaching is seeing so much creativity and drive in students. It pushes me to work harder as well," Kelly added.

Kelly's teaching strategy is the "Three C's," which she says are "Concept, Compostion, and Color, backed by a strong drawing and visual skill. Concept provides a soul for your work... a reason to be. Composition is your skeleton that offers a well put-together frame, and then color acts as a skin, adding extra detail and muscle to your whole body of work."

About Montserrat College of Art
Celebrating its commencement May 28, 2010, students of this world-renowned art institution receive Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in concentrations including Fine Arts, Animation and Interactive Media, Book Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting and Drawing, Photography and Video, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

At present, nearly 95 percent of Montserrat students rely on scholarships to achieve their first-rate fine arts education. Please visit or call 978-921-4242. Montserrat College of Art is located at 22 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915.

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