Ian Summers has been a lot of things like a teacher, art director, creative director, painter, poet, investigative journalist, think tank operator, and publisher, to name a few. Ian was Creative Director at The Creative Black Book, Leber Katz Partners, and Random House. He has won lots of awards in the advertising and publishing worlds including a Hugo and Nebula, Best designed book of the year from American Institute for the Graphic Arts, and was nominated for The American Book Award. He has written and designed dozens of books including Tomorrow and Beyond – Masterpieces of Science Fiction Art, The Guide to Extraterrestrials, Mute Evidence, and The Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt.
Summers reinvented himself, identified his loves, and rediscovered his passion for teaching. He synthesized all the things that worked in his career and created Ian Summers’ Heartstorming Workshops.
Hundreds of artists who wish to grow, do what they love, and prosper have participated in Ian’s individual consultations and group workshops. Ian offers creative direction, portfolio reviews and enhancement, promotional concept development, online video conferencing, marketing direction to meet the needs and desires of artists.
Summers holds a BA degree in Art Education from the University of Bridgeport and has done graduate work at Montclair College and NYU. He has taught at Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design, and New School for Social Research. He has lectured on creativity at many colleges including Syracuse University, UCLA, and The Portfolio Center.
Recent shows include Oxygen 2 Gallery, Minneapolis MN, Transformation Gallery, Amherst MA, Project Blue, Easton PA, Banana Factory, Bethlehem PA, Keyes Gallery, Springfield MO, and Gallery Aferro, Newark NJ. .Summers work has been exhibited at Silvermine Artists’ Guild, National Arts Club, University of Bridgeport, University of Pennsylvania, Arthur Ross Gallery, Montclair College, Lillian Kornbluth Gallery, National Academy of Design, Society of Illustrators
Ian’s work was represented by Santa Bannon Fine Art where he has appeared in solo and group shows from 2013 through 2016.
Ian was named Easton Artist of the Year for 2017 by Artists Community of Easton.