Murray Tinkelman is an award-winning illustrator who has won Gold Medals from The Society of Illustrators, The New York Art Directors Club and The Society of Publication Designers. He has over 200 Awards of Merit from The Society of Illustrators. His illustrations have appeared in a variety of publications such as Atlantic Monthly, Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal, McCall's, The New York Times, The Saturday Evening Post, and The Washington Post. In addition, he has worked for publishers such as Ballantine, Berkley, Doubleday, Putnam, HBJ, Macmillan and Time Life among many others. Murray has also been commissioned by the National Park Service to do drawings and paintings of National Parks and Monuments, as well as by the U.S. Air Force to be an artist-reporter on specific missions. He has had a one-man exhibition of his baseball art at The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in 1994 and The United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama in 1995. Murray gives presentations on his work as well as on The History of American Illustration and related subjects at Museums, Universities, Colleges, and Art Associations from coast-to-coast.
Murray is Professor Emeritus from Syracuse University after teaching there for twenty-seven years in the undergraduate program and as the Director of the Limited Residency MFA in Illustration Graduate Program. He was the Chairman of the Illustration Department at Parsons School of Design and taught there for fourteen years.
Murray was the recipient of the Koopman Chair at The Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, Fall semester of 2002. He was recipient of the 2001 Syracuse University, Continuing Education Faculty Citation Award.
He also received the 1999 Distinguished Educator in The Arts Award from the Society of Illustrators in New York City. Murray received the 1995 Sports Artist of The Year from The United States Sports Academy and the 1970 Artist of The Year Award from The Graphic Arts Guild in New York City.
Murray is on the Board of Trustees at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and he is also on the Low Illustration Committee at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut.