The Art of Jamison Odone

About the Artist

Professor Odone, an Assistant Professor of Illustration at Frostburg State, is an author and illustrator of Children’s Books and Graphic novels as well as an exhibiting artist. He received his BFA in 2002 from The Art Institute of Boston in Illustration and his MFA in 2012 from Western Connecticut State University, also in Illustration. With his debut book, Honey Badgers in 2007, Publishers Weekly said, “Odone, tapping into a powerful vein of fantasy, has created the kind of book certain children will cling to, years after they abandon the rest of their picture book collections.” Since then there have been a string of releases which include The Bedtime Train, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Mole Had Everything, Annabel Lee; and in 2014 he published two graphic novels, Lies In The Dust: A Tale Of Remorse From The Salem Witch Trials and Accused: The Fairfield Witch Trials.

In 2009 Jamison was selected as a recipient of the Connecticut State Fellowship Grant Award for his body of work. In 2011 he was offered a professorship to head the Illustration Focus in the BFA program at Frostburg State University in Maryland. In 2013 he had a solo exhibition of his work from the book Mole Had Everything displayed at the Mercurial Gallery in Danbury, CT. In 2014 an exhibition of the work from Lies In The Dust at Salem State University in Salem, MA, and the work from Accused was exhibited at The Fairfield Museum. In 2015 there will be a retrospective exhibition of his career in illustration and books shown at St. John’s University in New York. Also in 2015, Odone co-founded the independent publishing collective, Box Books* with fellow author/illustrator Tomithy Decker.

Publications for 2015 will include the illustrated books, Poor Joseph and An Aria For The Plains, and a reissue of his Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the book.

*www.theboxbooks.com, http://www.facebook.com/theboxbooks

Page from Mole Had Everything, 2013 Blue Apple Books (written and illustrated)

Page from Mole Had Everything, 2013 Blue Apple Books (written and illustrated)

Page from Annabel Lee by Poe, 2014 Box Books (illustrated)

Page from Annabel Lee by Poe, 2014 Box Books (illustrated)

Page from Poor Joseph, 2015 Box Books (written and Illustrated)

Page from Poor Joseph, 2015 Box Books (written and Illustrated)

Page from Honey Badgers, 2007 Front Street Books (written and illustrated)

Page from Honey Badgers, 2007 Front Street Books (written and illustrated)

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