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Bob Selby graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC in 1971 with a BA in English. He made his way back to his native Massachusetts where he freelanced as an illustrator for such publications as Yankee Magazine, the Boston Globe and the Providence Journal-Bulletin. In 1976, he was hired as an artist by Providence Journal, eventually becoming a staff illustrator. During his 20 year tenure at the newspaper, Bob's assignments were varied and challenging. He worked as a sketch artist in state, federal and in the U.S. Supreme court. He produced a weekly comic strip and researched and executed history paintings, some of which are now held in museums, including the military collection in the John Hay Library of Brown University. He worked on locations as disparate as the deck of a 12-meter yacht in Newport's America's Cup races to Rhode Island homeless shelters. The awards he garnered included recognition by the Society of Illustrators of New York, the Society of Newspaper Design, Print Magazine and the Associated Press.
In 1993, he was awarded a Fulbright Grant in Journalism to research the history of caricature in Spain and spent four months living and working in Madrid. During those years, Bob began teaching as an adjunct in the Illustration Department of the Rhode Island School of Design. He taught Caricature and Three Dimensional Illustration at RISD for 14 years. In 1995, when the Providence Journal was downsized and sold to a newspaper chain, Bob took a buyout and began teaching full-time in the Illustration Department of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. After four years, when daughter Shawn graduated from college and wife Terri had completed her Masters degree (also in English), Bob resigned his position at UMass/Dartmouth so that he and Terri could realize their long-held dream and move to the Green Mountains of Vermont. Bob has combined free-lance illustration from his home and studio in Johnson with teaching. Since arriving in Vermont, he has executed commissions for the U.S. Coast Guard, Renaissance Greetings, Vermont Life, Brown Alumni Magazine and Rhode Island Monthly, among others.
He joined the faculty at Champlain College in 2002 and currently teaches full time in the Game Art and Animation and the Graphic Design Programs.
Bob has 30 years of professional experience as an illustrator, both on staff and freelance.
He currently serves as the Chair of the Johnson Planning Commission in Johnson, VT.
He is currently illustrating for a web site on women's history and for a documentary on the history of African-American service in the American military. He is also working on two paintings projects; one has a maritime theme and the other has has a Negro League Baseball theme.