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13 Women Artists: Roxie Munroe

By June 17, 2018May 13th, 2021The Kerlan Blog

Roxie Munro is the acclaimed author/illustrator of more than 30 books for children (including “Mazescapes”; “Amazement Park”; “The Inside-Outside Books of New York City” [New York Times Best Illustrated Award], “Washington DC,” “Texas,” “London,” “Paris,” and “Libraries”; “Feathers, Flaps & Flops”; “Doors”; “Gargoyles, Girders & Glass Houses”; “The Great Bridge-Building Contest”; “Ranch”; “Wild West Trail Ride Maze”; “Circus”; “Mazeways”; and “Rodeo”).

Roxie has been an artist from the age of six, when she won first prize in a county-wide contest for a painting of a bowl of fruit. She has supported herself all her life on her art, at one point freelancing in Washington, D.C. as a television courtroom artist. Clients have included CBS, The Washington Post, and the Associated Press. Fourteen of her paintings have been published as covers of The New Yorker magazine.

She also creates oils, watercolors, prints, and drawings, primarily cityscapes, which are exhibited widely in the US in galleries and museums. Roxie’s work is in numerous private, public and corporate collections.

Roxie Munro studied at the University of Maryland and the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore), received a BFA in Painting from the University of Hawaii, attended graduate school at Ohio University (Athens) and received a Yaddo Fellowship. She lectures in museums, schools, conventions, and teaches watercolor on ships, workshops, and in the Paint in Italy program


 Many oils and watercolors are views from the roof of her sky-lighted loft studio in Long Island City, just across the East River from her home in mid-Manhattan. Roxie is married to the Swedish writer/photographer Bo Zaunders.

Roxie is a member of iNK Think Tank, a invitation-only group of award-winning nonfiction authors who write and illustrate great books, lecture, and do school visits.

A Studio Visit With Roxie Munroe

For example Busy Builders was a Cook Prize Honor from the Bank Street College of Education. 

The Cook Prize honors the best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) picture book published for children aged eight to ten. It is the only national children’s choice award honoring a STEM book. 

Kirkus Reviews (March 15, 2012)
Many-legged home-builders are rendered in remarkable artwork. Eight habitat-building insects plus one spider are introduced …The full-color ink illustrations work well to give a sense of the creature’s body structure as well as of the general look of the hive or nest for each…Enticing as an introduction to insects and spiders. (Nonfiction. 4-9)

Horn Book Magazine (May/June, 2011)
Munro presents fascinating fact-profiles of nine mostly familiar birds — owls, hummingbirds, penguins, eagles, and the like — in an engaging guessing-game format…The art includes portrayals of adult birds, baby birds, the eggs in their nests, and a view of their immediate environments. 

And Dinosaurs!

Roxie on Kitlit TV

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  • Vicki Cobb says:

    Roxie Munro is the real deal. She knows who she is, she has an unwavering eye for truth and she can articulate a meta-discourse that unpacks her process so that others see what she sees before she ever puts paint to a blank canvas.

    I remember, many years ago seeing a documentary of Picasso as an old man. He was creating a mural. I was amazed at the lack of hesitancy, the absolute surety with which he blocked out his mural. Roxie has that same assurance. Her hand unerringly puts her brain and vision on display for all of us to see. This is what a master does.

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