Don Kilpatrick

Don Kilpatrick III holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Utah State University and a Master’s Degree in Illustration from Syracuse University.

Don moved to Detroit in 2007 to begin his career at the College for Creative Studies as a faculty member in the Illustration Department, of which he has been the department chair since 2010.

A successful freelance illustrator, Kilpatrick’s work has been featured in publications such as Fortune, the L.A. Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He is particularly excited about “You Can’t go To School Naked,” published by Penguin, July ’08. It was an especially fun venture as he collaborated with his mother-in-law as the author. Another career highlight was designing the medal for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Deeply involved in the industry, Don was a coordinator for Icon 5, and has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, AIGA, and included in Illustration Now Volume Two. Additionally, he has exhibited his art work in New York, Philadelphia, and Miami. The Butcher’s Daughter hosted Kilpatrick’s first solo exhibition in November of 2012, and another solo exhibit in December of 2013.




“The Idol Hands” Society of Illustrators NY 57, 2015

“Shinola Poster” Society of Illustrators NY 56, 2014

“Directions”  3×3 Pro Show 8, 2011

“Punch” American Illustration 29, 2010

“Soul Hands” American Illustration 29, 2010 – Society of Illustrators NY 52, 2010 -Creative Quarterly 17, 2009

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” Society of Illustrators NY 52, 2010 – Creative Quarterly 17, 2009

“Twins” Creative Quarterly 17, 2009