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Polly Spenner

Polly Becker's work has appeared in myriad magazines and newspapers. It has been honored with numerous awards from Communication Arts, American Illustration, The Society of Publication Designers, Print, How, The Society of Illustrators (Silver Medal) and more. Her work has been published worldwide and exhibited in solo and group shows in Europe and the Middle East, as well as in the US. Clients include The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, Poetry, The Utne Reader, The Kenyon Review, The Washington Post, Doubleday, Farrar Straus and Giroux, Hachette, LexisNexis, Louis Vuitton, Pentagram, Sony/CBS, Absolut Vodka, Dunkin, Converse, Breuninger (German department store chain for which she extensively illustrated two Christmas season’s worth of full-scale displays and print products), Theater an der Wien (Viennese opera company) and many more. An American Illustration profile describes Becker as being “known for her smart, elegant and very imaginative assemblages.” In addition to sculptural images, she also has a pen-and-ink style loosely modeled on 18th-century wood engraving. She loves teaching and has maintained a teaching practice alongside her professional work for most of her career. Becker lives in Boston with her husband, sons and Pearl, a small but domineering Italian greyhound.

  • BFA, Rhode Island School of Design