Dennis Nolan has illustrated over thirty books, authoring ten, and is the recipient of a number of awards, including both the SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Award for his book Dinosaur Dream, and the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for the book Fairy Wings, which he shares with his wife, author and illustrator Lauren Mills. Nolan’s paintings have illustrated the classic fantasy stories of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and T. H.White’s The Sword in the Stone, as well as his own stories, Castle Builder, Shadow of the Dinosaurs, Sea of Dreams, and Hunters of the Great Forest.


His paintings have been selected for awards in the Spectrum Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Annuals and the Art Renewal Center International Salons. As a curator he conceived and organized the Keepers of the Flame, Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum, authoring the catalogue.


Nolan was born in San Francisco, California and earned undergraduate degrees in both Painting and Art History, and a graduate degree in Painting from San Jose State University. He currently teaches in Hartford’s Low Residency MFA in Illustration program.






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