Arthur Haywood's work celebrates the wonder of stories. His paintings are seen on murals for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Sprocket Mural Festival, his book "The Great Library" and Space and Time Magazine. He exhibits his paintings in New York and Pennsylvania and completes commissions. 


He is focused on captivating Science Fiction and Fantasy stories. Creating murals and illustrations to inspire others and engage youth in reading is his passion. He is focused on making murals for libraries and schools in addition to book covers.

He earned a B.F.A in Illustration from The Maryland Institute College of Art, before furthering his study of  classical drawing and painting at Cambridge Street Studios in Philadelphia and Grand Central Atelier  in New York.  He wrote and illustrated a book about scholars from the ancient library of Alexandria.  His  book, "The Great Library" is now available here.

He is a recipient of the 2020-2021 Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris. From Fall 2020 through Spring 2021 he is developing murals to inspire a love of learning and cultural appreciation. He is working with students at Lycée Paul Lapie to create murals depicting diverse people reading and the stories that have engaged them. 

Please email him at  ahaywoodstudio@gmail.com  for inquiries

Public Mural Commissions

2020 - Present      Lycée Paul Lapie, Paris, France

I received a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship at Fondation Des États-Unis in Paris and have been developing murals with students at Lycée Paul Lapie since October 2020. The murals depict diverse students reading and the fantasy books that have excited them to inspire students to read. I am currently developing the paintings in my studio at Fondation Des États-Unis and will display the paintings at the school in May 2021 and at Fondation Des États-Unis in June 2021. 

2020       SEPTA Suburban Station, 17th and JFK Blvd. , PA

Sponsored by Mural Arts , SEPTA and Athenian Razak

2019       Harrisburg Mural Festival , PA

Sponsored by Sprocket Mural Works

2016 - 2019                 Philadelphia Mural Arts  Program (Artist Assistant)

Collaborated with mural artists in the production of  murals for The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.  Painted numerous sections of extensive murals related to community and personal enhancement organizations. Clients have included the Free Library of Philadelphia, Einstein Hospital, Public recreation centers and more. 


2015 - 2018   Grand Central Atelier
Studied classical drawing and painting to enhance the quality of my artwork.

2012 - 2014         Cambridge Street Studios
Studied classical drawing at Cambridge Street Studios.

2012    The Maryland Institute College of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Illustration  



2020   Space and Time Magazine,  Cover, Spring  and Winter Issue (Can be viewed here)

2021 Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Three to Watch


2020   FineArtConnoisseur.com , A Sense of Place (Can be viewed here)

2020    American Illustration 39 (Can be viewed here)

2019   The Great Library, Written and Illustrated by Arthur Haywood (Can be viewed here)

2019   ABC 27 News, Behind the Brush Artists: Artists Discuss Harrisburg Murals  (Can be viewed here)

2019   PennLive Newspaper, Artists working on Harrisburg Murals (Can be viewed here)

2019     American Illustration 38, Chosen Category Winner (Can be viewed here)

2019     Fine Art Connoisseur , When Artists Depict Themselves, March/April Issue (Can be viewed here)

2019     Pencil Kings Podcast ( Can be listened to here )




2019 - 2020   Moore College of Art ,  Young Artists Workshops (Instructor) PA

2016  - 2017                 Teaching Studios of Art (Instructor), Long Island, NY 
Provided insights into classical art processes including still life, master copies and portraiture from life to adults, high-school students and children. 


2020 Small Wonders, Arch Enemy Arts, PA

2020 Spectrum, Arch Enemy Arts, PA

2020 New Pre Raphealites, Era Contemporary, PA


2020 Resident Artist Show, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, PA

2019 Phillustration, Philadelphia Sketch Club, PA

2019 Mural Arts Artists Show, Philadelphia Mural Arts Office, PA

2019 Small Oils Exhibition, Philadelphia Sketch Club, PA

2019 Seven Year Anniversary Show, Arch Enemy Arts, PA

2019 February Showcase, Arch Enemy Arts, PA

2019 Figuratively Speaking, Salmagundi Club, NY

2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 Junior and Scholarship Members Show, Salmagundi Club , NY

2019 Mural Training Exhibition, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program , PA

2018 Salmagundi Annual Thumb -Box Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NY

2018 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Exhibition, Arch Enemy Arts, PA

2018  Atelier Exhibition, Eleventh Street Arts, NY

2018  Small Beauties, Contemporary Representational Masterpieces, Era Contemporary, NY & PA

2018  ​Salmagundi Black and White Exhibition, NY  

2017  Metropolitan Museum of Art Fall Copyist Exhibition, NY

2017   ​Winter Small Works Show, Eleventh Street Arts, NY  

2017, 2016 ​ Salmagundi Summer Member’s Show, NY 

2015  ​Study to Synthesis, Solo Exhibition in South end of Stewart Gallery, Philadelphia Sketch Club, PA  

2015  ​Works on Paper Show, Philadelphia Sketch Club , PA 



2020 -2021 Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, Fondation des États-Unis, Paris, France

2020  Ron L. Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest, Finalist

2020, 2019 Ron L. Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest, Semi-Finalist

2019 Resident Artist, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, PA

2019 Illustration Master Class Scholarship, 2nd Place

2019 Best Portrait Award, Philadelphia Sketch Club

2019 Presidents Award, Salmagundi Club, NY

2019 Bill Creevy Award, Salmagundi Club, NY

2018, 2015  Art Renewal Center Salon Finalist

2018   Al Barker Award, Salmagundi Club

2017    Certificate of Merit, Salmagundi Club

2017    Honorable Mention, Head Start Student Competition

2016    Grand Central Atelier Core Program Scholarship

2016    John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship

2016    Deane Keller Memorial Award, Salmagundi Club 

2015    Grand Central Atelier Core Program Scholarship

2015    Second Place Award, The Philadelphia Sketch Club's Annual Works on Paper Show

2013    Second Place Award, The Naomi Winston Scholarship in Art

2012    MICA Illustration Recognition Award

2011    MICA Grant 


2011    MICA Illustration Recognition Award 


2009    MICA Achievement Award 


2008    MICA Presidential Scholarship


2008    MICA Pre-College Scholarship