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Thomas E. Burn (1940-) Biography

Personal, Career, Honors Awards, Writings, Sidelights

(Ted Burn)


Born 1940, in Lockhaven, PA; Education: Attended Atlanta School of Art, 1960-63.


McDonald & Little, Atlanta, GA, advertising copywriter and artist, c. 1960-1976; senior art director for advertising agencies in San Francisco, CA, including Bottsford

Thomas E. Burn

Ketchum and Ogilvy & Mather; McDonald & Little, Atlanta, GA, vice president and executive art director, 1981-84; Ogilvy & Mather, Atlanta, GA, associate creative director and executive art director, 1984-88; freelance designer, art director, and illustrator for companies in Atlanta, 1988-93; Lewis Communications, Mobile, AL, creative director and executive art director, 1993-2000; freelance art director, designer, and illustrator in Atlanta, 2000—. Artist.

Honors Awards

Numerous gold and silver Addy Awards, 1979-2000, for work as advertising artist and illustrator; San Francisco Communicating Arts Award, 1979.



Carol Crane, Y Is for Yellowhammer: An Alabama Alphabet, Sleeping Bear Press (Chelsea, MI), 2003.

Contributor of illustrations to books and industrial publications.


Thomas E. "Ted" Burn has served as an art director and creative artist for numerous advertising agencies and individual corporate clients. He is also known throughout the American South for his watercolors of boats and

Y Is for Yellowhammer: An Alabama Alphabet, Carol Crane's alphabet book about Alabama, is enhanced by Burn's depictions of various aspects of the state, including famous people like the extraordinary Helen Keller.

outdoor activities having to do with water. Burn illustrated Y Is for Yellowhammer: An Alabama Alphabet because he has particularly enjoyed painting landscapes of Alabama's coastal regions. His fine art is in collections in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Oregon, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Biographical and Critical Sources


Ted's Design, http://www.tedsdesign.com/ (December 5, 2003), Burn's home page.

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