Leonard Filgate is best known for the artwork and books he created based on the RIP SQUEAK® characters he and his wife, Susan Yost-Filgate developed for a successful series of children’s books and images. Filgate’s work is collected around the globe and he has exhibited in many venues across the US and Canada, including a solo exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum in 2005/2006. In 2003, he was the featured illustrator for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and the Edward James Olmos Family Festival. His work is included in the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance’s “Every Picture Tells a Story” exhibition, which has traveled to the Bremen Museum in Atlanta, the Spertus Museum in Chicago, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, and other museums. Filgate was inducted as an artist member of the New York Society of Illustrators in 2006. For more information visit http://filgateart.com.
Susan Yost Filgate is co-creator and author of RIP SQUEAK® and other books for children. She is also a book designer, graphic designer, and art and museum educator. Susan has a bachelor’s degree in art education (with an emphasis in museum studies) from the Pennsylvania State University. For over ten years she worked closely with husband Leonard Filgate as the Creative Director for Rip Squeak, Inc., a book and art publishing company. Susan is currently the Education Director for the Fresno Art Museum (FAM) in Fresno, California where she creates and manages educational programs for both adults and children, working closely with the Fresno County Office of Education. She also annually curates a special exhibition at FAM focused on children’s book illustrations and illustrators. For more information visit http://filgateart.com.