Photo of Jody Hewgill
Photo of Jody Hewgill
Jody Hewgill
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Design

Area(s) of Expertise

Illustration, painting, Portraits


A native of Montr–al, Qu–bec, Jody studied Commercial Art and Design at Dawson College and subsequently moved to Toronto to further her studies in illustration at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, where she has been part of the faculty in the illustration program since 2008. Jody has been working as an illustrator and gallery artist since 1988. Her acrylic paintings have been commissioned for a wide variety of applications including advertising campaigns, book covers, editorial publications, theatre posters, retail murals, and wine labels. Clients include The Atlanta Olympic Committee, Knopf publishers, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The US Department of State, and Windstar Cruises. Her work has graced the cover of Time magazine, and has been selected by the United States Postal Service for a stamp in the Literary Arts series. Jody has created over 50 posters for Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Eight of these posters are included in the Permanent Poster Collection of the Library of Congress.

Jody's work has been recognized by American Illustration, the Advertising Design Club (ADC), the Advertising & Design Club of Canada, Communication Arts, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles (SILA), Print, Graphis, The National Magazine Awards, Applied Arts, including Gold and Silver medals from the Society of Illustrators, NY.

Jody has lectured at various art colleges and arts associations including Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, and University of Arts, Philadelphia.

In addition, Jody has juried many professional and student competitions including the Art Directors Club (ADC), Communication Arts, the Society of Illustrators, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles (SILA) and CMYK magazine.


Dawson College, Montr–al QC 1978-1980, Commercial Art Program (& minor in liberal studies )

Ontario College of Art and Design 1981-1984( AOCA with honours ) Communication and Design Department

Professional Experience

Professional Working History : 1988- present day

A selected list of clients include: American Conservatory Theatre, Andalucia Tourism, Arena Stage, Atlanta Olympic Committee, Carol Burnett, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center LA, Entertainment Weekly, Grammy Awards, Guthrie Theatre, Knopf , Little Brown & Company UK, Los Angeles Magazine, Mondavi Wines, The New Yorker , Nike, Penguin Canada, Rolling Stone Magazine, St. Supery Vineyards, Time Magazine, Time Life Books, United Airlines, United States Department of State, US postal service , Vintage Books, Wellesley College, Windstar Cruises.

Professional and Educational lectures :

2011 Univerity of Arts, Philadelphia

2009 Windstar Cruises : Guest Host

2005 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

2002 Maryland Institute College of Art : Illustration Department

1999 Sheridan College : Illustration Program

1997 Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators

Selected Exhibitions

2011: University of Arts, Richard C. Von Hess Gallery

2010 "Kaboom" La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles CA

2010 "Fragile Earth" The Museum of American Illustration, NYC

2009 Japanese American National Museum / LA

2008 Libreria Mondadori / Venice, Italy

2007 Green / Robert Berman Gallery / Santa Monica, CA

2007 Castel Dell' Ovo / Associazione Culturel Teatrio / Naples, Italy

2007 The Art of Arena Stage / the Society of Illustrators Museum / New York, NY

2006 Villa Poniatowski/ Associazione Culturel Teatrio / Rome, Italy

2005 Enid Lawson Gallery / London, UK

2004 Exploding Head Gallery / Sacramento, CA

2003 Zeitgeist Gallery /Nashville, TN

2003 Heaven and Hell / The Philadelphia Sketch Club / Philadelphia, PA

2002 DNFA Gallery / Pasadena, CA

2002 Maryland Institute College of Art / Baltimore, MD

2001 Artword Gallery / Toronto, ON

Awards \ Grants

Society of Illustrators NY, 2 gold and 3 silver awards

Society of Illustrators LA, Best of Show

Advertising Design Club of Canada, gold award

Society of Publication Designers, Silver award

Spectrum, gold award

American Illustration

Advertising Design Club (NYC) merit

Communication Arts

3x3 / Illustration Annual

Selected Publications

Taschen"100 Illustrators" 2014

New Acrylics Essential Sourcebook

Icons & Images: 50 years of Illustration ( Society of Illustrators 2008 )

Illustration Now, Taschen 2005

Illustrators Unlimited: the Essence of Contemporary Illustration, Gestalten

3X3, vol. 3 #1, feature article

Best 200 International Illustrators, Luerzer's Archive, 2005

Applied Arts Magazine, March/ April 2005 (feature article )

Communication Arts Magazine, September/October 1997 (feature article)

Step Magazine, October 2005, Women in Design

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Advisory committee / Sheridan College / Illustration department 2001-2004

Member : Society of Illustrators NYC

Member : Illustrators Partnership of America

Jury: 2013 Society of Illustrators NYC

Jury: 2004 Art Directors Club, NYC

Jury: 2001 Communication Arts / Illustration Annual

Jury: 2000, 2006 Society of Illustrators NY

Jury: 2005 Society of Illustrators LA

Jury: 2000 ? CMYK / student competition