Gil Ashby

Gil Ashby, Associate Professor, has been a faculty member at CCS since 1999. A native New Yorker, professor Ashby relocated to Detroit to become a member of the faculty at the College For Creative Studies. In 2001, Ashby was appointed Department Chair of the Illustration program. He remained in this position for ten years. During his tenure, the program expanded and became more nationally known. At the culmination of his term as Department Chair, Ashby's leadership was recognized by the New York Society of Illustrators when they honored him with their prestigious Distinguished Educator of the Arts Award which recognized his leadership and brought national attention to the school and the program.

In addition to his ardent teaching schedule and mentoring commitments with students, Ashby sustains his calling as a multi media artist. He continues to create murals, graphic novels, and illustrated children's books including Dear Mother, Dear Daughter: Poems for Young People by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple, and Rosa Parks by Eloise Greenfield For Harper Collins and he has created sequential art for Graphic Novels. He has worked with multiple publishers including Parahannah Press, DC, Marvel (Epic comics) and Dark Horse. A selected client list includes, Arista Records, Sony Music, McMullan Publications, Time Warner, The Detroit Medical Center and Charles H Wright Museum Of African American History

Museum and Gallery Exhibitions
Recent Shows:
• Group Show, African American Comics, Pop culture and Beyond at the Geppi Concept Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland From January 2014-August 2014.
• The Charles H Right Museum Detroit, Show Title: Black Women Rock (Group Show). Of note: The Both Western Art Museum Cartersville Georgia, The New York Society of Illustrators
In November 2014, Associate Professor Gil Ashby will be displaying works in an Alumni Celebration marking The MFA Visual Essay Program at the School of Visual Arts 30 Year Anniversary
Associate Professor Gil Ashby resides in Bloomfield, Hills Michigan with his wife and family

  • M.F.A., B.F.A., School of the Visual Arts
  • Associate Professor

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