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College of Visual and Performing Arts

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Faculty & Staff Profiles

 Stead, Judy   Name:  Judy Stead 
Title:  Adjunct Professor of Design 
B.A., English Literature / Studio Art minor, East Carolina University
Office:  McLaurin Hall  
Phone:  704 877 5988 
children’s book illustration and literature, painting

Judy Stead graduated from East Carolina University where she majored in “reading and drawing”, and continued studying at the Boston Museum School and Massachusetts College of Art. After college, she followed a circuitous art path, starting as a corporate graphic designer in Boston, later moving into new media as a visual designer at Ziff Davis Interactive in Cambridge, eventually landing at Harcourt School Publishing in Orlando, and subsequently illustrating children’s books.

Currently, she has illustrated more than a dozen trade books and is published in educational, institutional and editorial publications. Judy was selected to represent her state as author/illustrator of THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN NORTH CAROLINA, in an all-states series published by Sterling, 2009, now in it’s third reprint. ISABEL’S CAR WASH, written by Sheila Bair, former FDIC chair, was a Book of the Month selection by Rutgers University’s Project on Economics and Children, 2009.

She is featured in The Adobe Illustrator CS WOW! Book series, 2010, 2006, and 2004 editions, and her creative work has been recognized with honors by Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual, Art Director's Club and Bookbuilders of Boston (First Place, Non-Traditional Print Media). In favorable reviews from The Horn Book Guide, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus Reviews, her children's book illustration has been called “exuberant, joyful, vibrant, lively, inviting, vivid, energetic, expressive”. Clients include Simon & Schuster, Random House, Barnes & Noble, Houghton Mifflin, Albert Whitman, National Geographic, American Girl and Highlights Magazines.

Judy lives with her family in Charlotte, working from her “treetop” studio.