Mary Jane Begin Biography

Mary Jane Begin is a Rhode-Island-based award-winning Illustrator known in particular for her acclaimed and much- beloved children's picture books. Her portfolio includes The Wind in the Willows, A Mouse Told His Mother, Little Mouse's Painting, Before I Go To Sleep, The Porcupine Mouse, and Jeremy's First Haircut. In Fall of 2005 she released not one but two new works -- her own retelling of the classic The Sorcerer s Apprentice (Little Brown and Company) and R is for Rhode Island Red (Sleeping Bear Press), a paean to her home state of Rhode Island.
Her illustrating career began as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she now teaches as a member of the faculty in the Illustration Department. She has had one-woman shows at Books of Wonder Gallery in New York and Beverly Hills as well as RisdWorks at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. She has also exhibited at the RISD Faculty Biennial, RISD Museum, Society of Illustrators (NY), The DeCordova Museum (MA), Elizabeth Stone Gallery (MI), Every Picture Tells a Story (CA). She most recently exhibited at the Providence Art Club's Salon d Arte (The Art of the Book) and the Newport Art Museum (Legends in Illustration).
She is the recipient of many awards, including The Steven Donahos Award and multiple Certificates of Merit from the Society of Illustrators, multiple Awards of Excellence from Communications Arts, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the Critici Erba Prize at the Bologna Book Fair, Italy, and First Place, Juvenile Trade, at the New York Book Show, New York and the Providence Art Club s Ruth W. Finley Award. Her work has been featured in Communication Arts magazine and the Society of Illustrators Annual of American Illustration.
Her advertising and merchandising work includes imagery for greeting cards, posters, prints, games, mugs, gifts, textbooks, magazines, and advertisements for such clients as Hasbro, Milton Bradley, Celestial Seasonings, Annie's HomeGrown, See's Candies, Franklin Mint, Disney, Pearson Education, Harcourt Publishing, Scott Foresman and Company and Dalmatian Press.