College for Creative Studies: Illustration


Chuck Gillies

Adjunct Faculty

BS, Ferris State University

Chuck Gillies graduated from Ferris State University in 1972. Chuck is currently working as a freelance Illustrator. For thirty-five years he was represented by Skidmore Studio in Detroit Michigan, while concurrently in New York City he was represented by Mendola LTD, for twenty-five of those same years.


Paintings by Chuck Gillies illustrate a wide range of subjects for a variety of clients which include CBS Fox Video, The Upper Deck Company, Scholastic Books, Disney Hyperion, Dell Publishing, Reader's Digest, In The Game, Planters Peanuts, Pepsi, The Bradford Exchange, DaySpring. FTD, Ford Motor Company, Chevrolet, Chrysler, and many others.

Gillies has illustrated over 80 Book covers and two complete Children's Books. He has also made hundreds of paintings for trading card companies. His acrylic paintings continue to be featured on books, prints, posters, and trading cards, as they have been for 40 years. Chuck is also a portrait painter whose commissions include portraits for Lee Iacocca, Mike Ilitch and many others. His work has appeared in The Society of Illustrators Annual, American Illustration Annual, and Spectrum Annual. Chuck has also participated in many gallery shows including twice at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids Michigan.

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Currently, as in recent years, Chuck is primarily occupied creating sports paintings for The Upper Deck Company's, Masterpiece Collection series.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, MI invited Chuck in 2014 and again in 2015 to show his work during ArtPrize.