Jeff Pike earned a BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in Visual Communication from Syracuse University. Pike joined the faculty of the School of Art at Washington University in 1983. He has directed the Illustration program, and in 1993 he was appointed Associate Dean, responsible for the undergraduate programs. Pike was appointed Dean of the School of Art in 1999, a position he held through July 2008.
Pike’s professional work has appeared in numerous print and broadcast venues. He has worked for major advertising agencies and clients. His work has been recognized in Print, Art Direction, Creativity, and Adweek magazines. He also has won Addy’s and Flair awards for his creative work in advertising. In 2010, Pike published a boxed, letterpress book of illustrations and works of fiction by two authors based upon the letters of Heloise and Abelard titled, From Letters to Fictions: Heloise & Abelard. Most recently, Pike’s work has been accepted into the 53rd Annual New York Society of Illustrators exhibition.
Pike has lectured at a number of schools and universities. He has twice been a resident at the Cité International des Arts, Paris. He has led abroad programs in Belgium, France, and Italy. As dean, he has traveled throughout Asia. Pike has been a board member for several art organizations, most recently the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). He also is a visit team leader and consultant for NASAD.