James Ransome

School of Art

Associate Professor, Illustration
Program Coordinator, Illustration M.F.A.
(On Administrative Leave)

James Ransome portrait.

349 Shaffer Art Building
Syracuse, NY 13244-1210


James Ransome has been illustrating children’s books for more than 20 years with almost 50 picture books, many book jackets, greeting cards, and pieces in magazines.

Winner of several awards for his illustrations, including the Coretta Scott King and NAACP Image awards, Ransome received a bachelor of fine arts degree in illustration from Pratt Institute in New York. Recently he became the published author and illustrator of three books, the latest being My Teacher. Ransome’s work is part of both private and public children’s book art collections and a number of commissioned murals, including three for the Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati. James and his wife Lesa live in Rhinebeck, New York, with their four children.


  • B.F.A., Pratt Institute