Gary Kelley received his degree in art from the University of Northern Iowa, began his career as a graphic designer and art director, before becoming an illustrator in the mid-1970’s. Kelley has had solo shows at the Academy of Art in Cincinnati, The University of the Arts (Philadelphia), Lustrare Gallery (New York), Every Picture Tells a Story (Santa Monica), Hartford (CT) Art School, Art Institute of California (Laguna Beach), The Kentucky Derby Museum, Creation Gallery in Tokyo, and the Pablo Neruda Cultural Center-Bagnolet (Paris) France. Group shows include: The Normon Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA), The Chicago Art Istitute, The Museum of American Illustration (NY), School of Visual Arts (NY), The McNay Art Museum – San Antonio, Mystic Seaport Museum (CT) and Librarie Nicaise in Paris. He has received awards from the New York Society of Illustrators including the Hamilton King Award in 1992, National Booksellers Association, Print Magazine, New York Art Directors Show, Los Angeles Society of Illustrators,Bologna (Italy) Book Fair, and others. His list of clients includes work for Time, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Playboy Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe. Kelley created the murals featuring famous authors for Barnes and Noble Bookstores nationwide.