Vesper Stamper was born in Nuremberg, Germany and raised in New York City. Her family was an eclectic mix of engineers, musicians and artists who didn't think Voltaire too tough for bedtime reading, Chopin Valses too loud for wake-up calls, or precision slide rules too fragile as playthings. She married filmmaker Ben Stamper right out of college, and together they have two wildly creative children. When Vesper earned her MFA in Illustration from School of Visual Arts, Ben gave her an orange tree. She illustrates and writes under its leaves and blossoms at her grandfather's old drafting table, in the pine woods of the Northeast.

BFA Illustration, Parsons School of Design
MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay, School of Visual Arts
Alumna of LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (Visual Art)

Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner
William C. Morris Award Finalist
Golden Kite Honor Book (SCBWI)
Longlisted for 2018 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature
People’s Choice Finalist, Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search
Lincoln City Fellowship, Speranza Foundation
Center for Faith and Work Artist-in-Residence, NYC
SCBWI New Jersey Juried Show Grand Prize, 2014 and 2017
SCBWI New Jersey People’s Choice, 2014
School of Visual Arts MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department Scholarship
Creative Quarterly 45-46
Starred review, Kirkus
Starred review, Publisher's Weekly
Starred review, School Library Journal
Junior Library Guild Selection
St. Andrew's Society of Washington, DC Scholar

14th Street Y: The Art of What the Night Sings
Hadas Gallery & Synagogue: The Art of What the Night Sings
Walnut Hill Community Church: The Art of What the Night Sings
Parsons School of Design Alumni Show
School of Visual Arts MFA Thesis Show
School of Visual Arts MFA Book Show
The Breath & The Clay Creative Conference
All Angels Church Gallery
Mikhail Zakin Gallery

Photograph by    Ben Stamper

Photograph by Ben Stamper