College for Creative Studies: Illustration


Francis Vallejo

Assistant Professor

BFA, Ringling College of Art and Design

Research Interests:

Narrative illustration with a focus on the publishing industry.

Professional Experience:

Francis Vallejo is an award-winning, Detroit native, American artist whose works have been exhibited in major national publications, art galleries, and museums. Vallejo earned his Bachelor’s degree from Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota, Florida, and has since created artworks for a host of notable clients including Candlewick Press, The Folio Society, Snapple, VIBE, and Camelbak. He has shown in The Anchorage Museum, The Society of Illustrator’s Museum of American Illustration, Gallery Nucleus, and Pixar studios. Vallejo’s “Jazz Day,” written by Roxane Orgill and published by Candlewick Press, was the recipient of the 2016 Boston Globe Horn Book award for best Picture Book. His newest illustrated book “Anansi Boys” written by Neil Gaiman and published by The Folio Society was released January 2019 and has won Spectrum Gold and the D&AD Pencil Award. He is also an Assistant Professor of Illustration at the College for Creative Studies.

Significant Publications/Presentations/Exhibitions:


Illustrators 61.

Infinite Worlds: The Art of the Fantastic
Julia Butridge Gallery. Austin '18

Illustrators 58

The Original Art 2016

Voice of the Wilderness
The Anchorage Museum. Anchorage '14.

Quinquennium Exhibition
Gallery Nucleus. LA '11.

Subtext Gallery, San Diego '09.

Totoro Forest Project
Pixar Studios. Emeryville '08. 


The Folio Society
Candlewick Press
Vibe Magazine
First Fight
Serino Coyne
Phidias Gold
Credit Card Finder
Push LLC
Pencil Kings 
Imperial Trading Co
Concept Cafe Advertising
Vitamin Pictures


The Illustration Academy, KS '19 + '18

SCBWI Midwest Conference, IL '19

MRA Conference, MI '18

Worldcon 56, CA '18

ICON 10, MI '18

MAEA Conference, MI '18

Norman Rockwell Museum, MA 2017

Oakland University's The Author and Illustrators Art & Craft, MI '17

MLA Spring Institute Keynote
MI '17

The Boston Globe Colloquium, MA '16