Since 1993 when he graduated from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, Scott Bakal has been creating art for print and exhibition. He received a Masters of Art from Syracuse University and also received a Master of Fine Arts from the Illustration program at the University of Hartford. At the University of Hartford, he received the Hartford Art School Regent’s Honor Award for Graduate Students, the highest honor given to master’s students throughout the University.

Bakal has won awards from the Society of Illustrators (Silver Medal), SILA, 3×3, HOW International Design Competition, Spectrum, American Illustration, Creative Quarterly (Gold and Silver Medals) and Communication Arts and receiving the honor of being published as one of the 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide by Luerzer’s Archive.

In 2010, he received the Dean Cornwell Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators for “conceiving and implementing a customized website portal for the Society, changing the method in which all competitions are judged.”

Some of his clients have included the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Yoga Journal, Businessweek, PlanSponsor, Discover Magazine, The New Republic, Runner’s World, Best Life, Natural Solutions and Penthouse Magazine to only name a few.

Bakal is on the Board of Directors at the Society of Illustrators in New York City and besides his position as Treasurer, he chairs the Student Scholarship Competition and Zankel Scholarship which are the largest illustration student competitions in the world. In 2009, he was also elected to the Sanford B.D. Low Illustration Collection as a Committee Member at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

As an educator, his illustration students have won awards in student competitions and he has taught illustration at prestigious schools such as the University of Connecticut and the Fashion Institute of Technology where he resided for five years until 2009 when Massachusetts College of Art and Design brought him into the Illustration Department as a full time teacher. He lectures regularly around the country at various schools and arts organizations.