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JON SIDERIADIS

✦ AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR, professor ✦

I have been an active freelance illustrator, author, and adjunct professor for fifteen years. My specialty is mythological art and storytelling. I teach Intro to Illustration, Concept Art, World Building, and Digital Painting at University of New Haven. My work has been published in film, television, video games, novels, comics, album art, board games, and trading cards. I have worked in Hollywood as a creature-effects artist and sculptor. My work is displayed in solo and group shows throughout the country, I am represented by Haven Gallery in New York, and I am internationally acclaimed in the illustration field. I am regularly invited as a Guest of Honor to illustration conventions and exhibit work with the finest fantasy and science fiction illustrators in the business.

I serve as Art Director and curator of the Spartan Museum of Art. I am also currently writing and illustrating an original mythology series called Astromythos. I received my bachelor’s degree in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, and my master’s at Hartford Art School’s Illustration MFA Program.

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Astromythos is a Greek word that I have purposefully invented, which translates to "Mythology of the Stars." It is also the title of a fictional universe for an illustrated book series I’ve been developing since the year 2000.

This title combines the words "astronomy" and "mythology," two subjects for which I am intensely passionate. In the tradition of Epic Poetry, the fictional world of Astromythos presents and older, more sophisticated tone of storytelling to modern fans of fantasy and science fiction. Heavily influenced by the art of Byzantium and Illuminated Manuscripts, each of these intricately detailed paintings depicts an allegorical character or a scene from one of the fascinating myths of my Astromythos universe.

I have finished writing and illustrating Book One, and am currently seeking publishers whilst working as a freelance illustrator and college instructor. 


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Honors and Achievements

✦ Featured Artist in the 10th annual Art Restoration Center (ARC) Salon Catalogue

✦ Guest of Honor, Panelist, and Workshop Instructor at FaerieCon 2015 & 2016

✦ Guest Speaker and Main Showcase Artist at IlluxCon 2018

✦ Collaborated with two master mosaic artists from Macedonia, Greece to fashion floor mosaics for the first Ancient Greek Amphitheater in America. (ongoing)

✦ Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild (WMIG) Member

✦ Official Society of Illustrators Member

✦ Established Lyme Academy College partnerships with Mystic Historical Society and Essex Art Association Gallery (arranged the debut student shows here)

✦ Selling and shipping artwork internationally to collectors and fans

✦ Selling artwork in gallery exhibitions throughout the country

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Publicity

✦ Featured Illustrator, interviewed on the show “One Fantastic Week”

✦ Featured cover artist with six-page article in Ink magazine, October 2017

✦ Featured internationally in Will-o-Wisp Magazine of Thessaloniki, Greece

✦ Featured artist in the CBS news article: “Famous Artists Joining UNH Faculty.”

✦ Four-time featured artist in the Hartford Courant newspaper

✦ Featured artist on the Examiner website

✦ Featured artist in the National Herald

✦ Featured artist in The Greek Star

✦ Guest artist on the “River Valley Rhythms” Radio show

✦ Guest Lecturer at Trinity College in Hartford, CT

✦ Guest Lecturer at Paier College of Art in Hamden, CT

✦ Guest Lecturer for University of Hartford’s MFA Program in West Hartford, CT

✦ Co-Writer and Production Designer of the Eskimo Hill Pictures science fiction short film, Blue Lollipop

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Exhibitions and Conventions

✦ 2019 Guest of Honor at ArtistaCon in Philladelphia, PA

✦ 2018 Four Seasons, Five Senses Show at the Eric Carle Museum, Amherst, MA

✦ 2018 Music Box exhibition at Haven Gallery in Northport, NY

✦ 2017 Little Big III exhibition at Haven Gallery in Northport, NY

✦ 2017 Art of Connecticut Illustrators exhibition in Danbury, CT

✦ 2017, 2018 Main Showcase exhibition at ILLUXCON in Reading, PA

✦ 2017 Painting Exhibition at Mad River Gallery, in Winsted, CT

✦ 2016 Solo show: Astromythos, the Mythical World of Jon Sideriadis, in the Main Gallery at UCONN’s Homer-Babbidge Library in Storrs, CT

✦ 2015, 2016, 2018 Guest Artist, Panelist at FaerieCon in Baltimore, MD

✦ 2015 New Visions exhibition at Society of Illustrators, New York, NY

✦ 2015, 2017 Ars Necronomica international exhibition in Providence, RI

✦ 2015 Picturing Words show at the MAP Gallery in Easthampton, MA

✦ 2014 Wings...Inspired to Fly show at the 224 Gallery in Hartford, CT

✦ 2013 - 2016 Whiting Mills Open Studio Show at Whiting Mills in Winsted, CT

✦ 2013 Angels in the Casa Show at Art Space Gallery in Hartford, CT

✦ 2013 RAW Hartford Artists Show: Marvel at the Russian Lady in Hartford, CT

✦ 2013 CT Photo & Illustration: Orange at the Spring Street Gallery in Chester, CT

✦ 2013 One-man show: Astromythos, at the Green Street Arts Center in Middletown, CT

✦ Artwork displayed annually in the Lyme Academy Faculty Show

✦ Artwork displayed in the Paier College of Art Faculty Show

✦ Artwork displayed in the Hartford Art School Faculty Show

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Teaching Credits

University of New Haven - Intro to Illustration, Illustration I, World Building, Experimental Techniques, Concept Art, Digital Painting, Digital Imaging, 2D Design

UConn - Drawing I, Drawing II

Paier College - Western Art I, Western Art II, Modern Art, Asian Art, Package Design

University of Hartford - Art & Myth, Drawing the Graphic Novel