August Artist Guild Meeting with Illustrator Anni Matsick

Join us for our August Artist Guild Meeting! All meetings are free and open to the public. 

Anni Matsick has over 30 years of experience as a freelancer illustrating for major publishers of trade and educational materials for children. She is widely known for having illustrated Highlights for Children magazine’s beloved Goofus and Gallant feature for 9 years, ending in 2005. Recent picture book titles are the multi-award winning Dinosaurs Living in My Hair! by Jayne Rose-Vallee, and The Boy Who Opened Our Eyes by Elaine Sussman (Lightswitch Press). Most recently, Anni completed art for the project Read Liberia.

Anni’s paintings of children have been juried into many shows, including Pennsylvania Art of the State 2018, and have won numerous awards. Two of her paintings appear in Splash 19: The Illusion of Light / Best of Watercolor from North Light Books.Her paintings “Andrew Carnegie as Bobbin Boy” and “New Colors Go ‘Round” were part of the 20th Anniversary Exhibition of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, Art of Facts / Uncovering Pittsburgh Stories, held in 2017 – 2018 for nine months at the John Heinz History Center.

The artist holds a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University. She has been Editor for Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators PSInside newsletter for 11 years.

View a selection of her artwork at


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