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  • Robyn Phillips-Pendleton, Associate Professor

    Associate Professor
    University of Delaware
    303 Recitation Hall
    Newark, DE 19716


    M.F.A. (Illustration) Syracuse University, 1995

    B.F.A. (Illustration and Graphic Design) Virginia Commonwealth University, 1989

    Robyn Phillips-Pendleton began her career as a graphic artist intern with USA TODAY in 1987. After receiving her BFA degree, she became a news graphic artist and illustrator for The Prince George's Journal newspaper, in Prince George's County, MD, and shortly after, the Daily Press Newspaper, in Newport News, VA.

    While pursuing her MFA at Syracuse, she became a full time junior graphic designer for Syracuse University Publications Department. Robyn taught Illustration and Foundation Design courses at Syracuse University towards the end of her MFA studies. She became a Master Teacher at the New York Summer School of the Arts upon receiving her degree. In 1996, Robyn came to the Department of Art as an Assistant Professor of art, and is now an Associate Professor in the Visual Communications Program.

    She has created illustrations for institutions of higher education, children's CD covers, editorial magazines, and publishing companies. Her work has also been featured in national and international Illustration and Fine Art juried exhibitions. She is an artist for the United States Air Force Artist Program, located in the Pentagon. She was commissioned to create paintings for the United States Air Force depicting the earthquake events in Haiti, and the 2013 Inaugural activities, and readiness alert activities of the 113th F-16 Air Alert Wing.

    She recently finished illustrations for a children’s book to be published by Mariposa Press, and will be delivering an academic paper at the Illustrator as Public Intellect Symposium at RISD, in Providence, RI, in November of this year. She resides in Newark, DE with her husband and son.

    Awards, Exhibitions, Publications

    2012 (in process)
    Homework Breakfast, written by the Twin Poets
    Children's Book Illustration Mariposa Ranch Press

    October 2012, Juried
    Richeson 75 Figure & Portrait 2012 International Exhibition Jack Richeson School of Art and Gallery Kimberly, WI

    2012, Juried
    The 58 Richeson / Shiva Award for Casein Painting
    National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic Inc.Salimagundi Club 47 Fifth AvenueNew York, NY

    2012, Juried
    50th Illustration West

    Society of Illustrators Los Angeles Gallery Nucleus, and Society of Illustrators West Website Exhibition10 East Main StreetAlhambra, CA 91801

    2011, Air Force Art Exhibition Thurrgood Marshall Airport (BWI)International TerminalBaltimore, MD

    2011, Prevailing Human Spirit, page 66 Tenth Anniversary of the 911 Tragedy Fertile Word PressSociety of Illustrators

    2010, "Soldiers Armed with Pencil and Paint" Exhibition ReviewWall Street JournalNovember 11, 2010

    2010, National Air Force Museum ExhibitionWright Air Force BaseDayton, Ohio

    Office Hours

    Mondays and Wednesdays 1:10pm – 2:10pm by appointment​



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  • Department of Art & Design
  • 104 Recitation Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2244