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Life and career
Anita Kunz was born in Toronto and grew up in Kitchener. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1978. Kunz has lived in London, New York City and Toronto, contributing to magazines and working for design firms, book publishers and advertising agencies in Germany, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Canada, South Africa, Holland, Portugal, France and England. Her clients include Time magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, The New York Times, Sony Music, Random House Publishing and many others. From 1988 to 1990, she was one of two artists chosen by Rolling Stone magazine to produce a monthly illustrated History of Rock 'n Roll end paper. She has produced cover art for many magazines including Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times Magazine. She has also illustrated more than fifty book jacket covers. In 2004, Canada Post used illustrations by Kunz on stamps issued for the Year of the Monkey.
Kunz frequently teaches workshops and lectures at universities and institutions internationally including the Smithsonian Institution and the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington DC. Her summer workshops have been conducted at the Illustration Academy in Kansas City, and at the Master of Arts degree program at Syracuse University.
Her paintings and sculptures have appeared in galleries worldwide, including the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts and the Teatrio Cultural Association in Rome, Italy. In 1987, she showed a collection of her works at Canada House in Trafalgar Square, London. In 1997 she had a one-woman show at the Foreign Press office in New York City; in 1998 she had a solo show at the Creation Gallery in Tokyo; and the Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration mounted a mid-career retrospective of her work in the fall of 2000. In the fall of 2003, Kunz was the first woman and the first Canadian to have a solo show at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
She received an Honorary doctorate from The Ontario College of Art and Design University and a second Honorary Doctorate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration.
Kunz was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honor. She also received Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal of Honor in 2012.
In 2010, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Ontario College of Art and Design University, her alma mater.
In 2012, Kunz received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal of Honor.
In 2015, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.
Her works are in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the Archives of Canada in Ottawa, the McCord Museum in Montreal, The Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts, the Musèe Militaire de France in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, and a number of her Time Magazine cover paintings are in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
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