Stacy Innerst was born in Los Angeles and studied art and history at the University of New Mexico. His work has appeared in print, web and broadcast media in the U.S. and abroad including: the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Film Roman, Harvard Business Review,, New York Times, Washington Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Dallas Morning News, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Arizona Republic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Industry Standard, Upside, American Lawyer, Reason, Christianity Today, Buddhadharma, The Kemper Group, IBM, CIO magazine, Live Nation, Mortgage Banking, Dickinson College, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, American Airlines, Chronicle of Higher Education, Brown University, Syracuse University, Augustine Institute, PBS, McGraw Hill, Harper Collins, Boyds Mills Press, Berkeley Press and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Publishers. His clients have included the NFL, Major League Baseball, Landesberg Design, Heinz Foundation, Pohly & Partners, ARC Music (UK), Ringling Brothers Circus for which he designed a series of mythological creatures for a humane circus, and the Pittsburgh Steelers for which he painted custom football helmets for Jerome Bettis, Hines Ward and Jeff Reed.

He’s received many awards for his work including recognition from American Illustration, the New York Society of Illustrators, Society of Illustrators Traveling Exhibition, Communication Arts Illustration Annual, Print Magazine Design Annual, a Gold Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, an American Film Festival Video Award, 2 Silver Medals from the Society for News Design and inclusion in Luerzer’s 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide.


The Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue by Suzanne Slade, Boyds Mills Press, 2016

Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation by Peggy Thomas, Boyds Mills Press, 2015

  1. Golden Kite Honor, SCBWI, 2016

  2. Junior Library Guild Selection

  3. Starred review from School Library Journal

  4. Eureka Honor from California Reading Association

The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013

  1. Junior Library Guild Selection

  2. Washington Post’s list of Best New Titles of  of 2013

Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea, A Fairly Fabricated Story of a Pair of Pants by Tony Johnston, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011

  1. Starred review from Publishers Weekly

  2. Starred review from School Library Journal

  3. Junior Library Guild Selection

  4. Publishers Weekly Best Book 2011

Lincoln Tells a Joke, How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010

  1. Starred review from Publishers Weekly

  2. Starred review from School Library Journal

  3. Smithsonian Books to Read, 2011

The Worm Family by Tony Johnston, Harcourt, 2004

  1. Starred review from Publishers Weekly

  2. Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Award

M is for Music by Kathleen Krull, Harcourt, 2003

  1. Starred review from School Library Journal

  2. Parents Choice Gold Medal

  3. School Library Journal, Best Book, 2003

  4. NY Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

  5. Chicago Public Library, Best of the Best


California Center for the Arts, Art Institute of Chicago; NY Society of Illustrators, Editorial, Book Categories; NY Society of Illustrators, Original Art Show;  Albuquerque Museum of Art; NM State University, Las Cruces, Close to the Border; Brigham Young University; Columbus College of Art; Spertus Museum, Chicago; Bremen Museum, Atlanta; Grand Central Gallery, Cal State Fullerton University; Tamarind Institute of Lithography, NM (guest artist); Savannah College of Art and Design; Stockton College; Barton College; Ettinger Gallery, Laguna, CA; Boise State University Gallery; Chemers Gallery, Tustin, CA.