Tony Wade

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Artist Tony Wade was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1962.

He attended Shakespeare Elementary & Hyde Park Career Academy where he first developed a strong interest in Art as a career under the excellent instruction of Artist Shirley Sullivan. Upon Graduation he attended the American Academy of Art Chicago where he received a strong Academic foundation in the Visual Arts.

While in Art school he was recruited by the well known Illustration and Graphic Design Studio Godbold & Reichter in Kansas City Mo. There he worked on many Marketing and Advertising campaigns, most notably for Anheuser Busch and the Miller Brewing Co. After three years he moved to St Louis, Mo. where he worked for the Maritz Motivation Co. as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer. Upon leaving he began working as a Freelance Artist which he continues to do  today.

Selected Accomplishments:

  • Anheuser Busch Great Kings and Queens of Africa traveling Exhibition, Painting  No. 24; Thutmose III
  • The Society of Illustrators 28th and 29th Annual Exhibition New York, NY
  • Illustrated three children’s books : Rosa Parks Hero of Our Time; “Building A Dream” Mary Bethune’s School by Richard Kelso Alex Haley, General Editor; Cookies with Mrs. Flowers by Maya Angelou
  • 1992 United States. Winter Olympic Poster Series: Tennis
  • 2011 Museum of Science & Industry black Creativity Juried Exhibition 1st Place (Best Drawing & Best of Show)