Ed Binkley

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Ed Binkley is a fantasy artist and art educator whose work has won multiple awards in a variety of venues. His artwork has appeared in Juried and competitive publications worldwide, and he has illustrated numerous book and magazine covers. He was an award finalist in Share One Planet, a worldwide invitational art exhibition in Beijing sponsored by the People's Republic of China. His artwork is included in two issues of Fantasy Plus: The World's Best Digital Artists published by CYPI Press in London, and he is a featured artist in Sketching From the Imagination published by 3DTotal, Drawing magazine, four issues of ImagineFX magazine, 2D-Artist magazine, Kunst magazine (Denmark), MagicCG magazine (Russia), and Artist-Record-Teach magazine (Taiwan). He was a keynote speaker and presenter for the Illustration in Motion convocation at The Savannah College of Art & Design, and he has served on other professional discussion panels on topics related to illustration, art education, and fantasy art.

Binkley's work has received Gold and Silver Awards (and five additional nominations) in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, a Bronze Award in IBA-5, and was included in invitational exhibitions at the Museum of American Illustration at The Society of Illustrators in New York in 2009 and 2014. He was invited to participate in the past three consecutive years of The Enchanted Brush exhibition at the Mazza Museum of Picture Book Art in Findlay, Ohio and in Fantastic Worlds: Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art, an invitational exhibit at the Kenosha Museum of Art in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Binkley was invited recently to present his work and techniques at the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in association with their exhibition of the Stephen Korshak Collection of Fantasy Art.

Binkley was one of 100 artists worldwide invited by Lucasfilm, Ltd. to participate in the Star Wars: Visions book project, and his illustration of the “Tusken Raiders” was selected by George Lucas for the project’s limited-edition debut poster. The film director also commissioned him to do an additional painting for his private collection, and his work appears in the Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle anthology published by Dorling-Kindersley.

Binkley holds BFA and MFA degrees in printmaking and drawing, and he has been a Professor for 25 years in the Art Department at Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin, where he teaches drawing, concept art, 3D modeling, and illustration. He also created the curriculum for the Animation & Concept Development degree program. He lives in Madison with his wife, Lisa, who is also an accomplished artist.