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Barbara Bradley Recognized for Illustrating the Meaning of Devotion at Academy of Art University Luncheon Hosted by Society of Illustrators

On Friday, May 4, 2007, the Academy of Art University held a special tribute luncheon to honor Barbara Bradley, recipient of the Distinguished Arts Educator Award. Considered the equivalent of a “Pulitzer Prize” for illustrators, this award is recognized by the Society of Illustrators and AIGA.

With a laundry list of successes, eminent illustrator and professor Barbara Bradley has continuously displayed extraordinary talent, which includes being one of the first women educators to head a department at the university. Throughout her 50-year tenure, she has inspired and influenced thousands of students through her distinctive devotion and relentless expectations.

Esteemed illustrator Leif Peng, founder of a highly publicized blog dedicated to 1940’s and 1950’s artwork, created a weeklong tribute to Barbara, which included 5 full days of stories revolving around Barbara’s life and her relationship with the Academy of Art University. In addition, Chuck Pyle, head of the Illustration department at Academy of Art University, has recently created a blog titled “Thank you Barbara Bradley”. The site has already received an overwhelming number of messages filled with gratitude and praise.

Several of her current colleagues, previous students, and other distinguished members of the illustration community warmly received the award recipient at the luncheon. Attendees of the luncheon included Society of Illustrators Director Terry Brown and President Scott Bakal, along with Andréa Pellegrino from AIGA.

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