Justin Kunz

AIP Artist

AIP Designer Justin Kunz

Justin Kunz is a painter, concept artist, illustrator and teacher. He worked in game development studios for more than eleven years, including Disney Interactive and Blizzard Entertainment, where he helped design environments in World of Warcraft expansions from The Burning Crusade to Mists of Pandaria.

His clients also include LEGO, ATeam, Upper Deck, Novell, Brigham Young University, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and private collectors.

Kunz holds an M.F.A in Painting from Laguna College of Art and Design (2011) and a B.F.A. in Illustration from Brigham Young University (1999). He studied with well-respected figurative painters including Jeremy Lipking, Joseph Todorovich, John Nava, Jon Swihart, Robert T. Barrett and William Whitaker.

Kunz’s work was selected for a Master Award in the Concept Art category of Ballistic Publishing’s Painter. His traditional paintings are included in exhibitions throughout the United States and received recognitions including:

  • An Award of Merit in the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition
  • A Visitor’s Choice Award in the LDS Church History Museum’s International Art Competition
  • A Director’s Award at the Springville Museum of Art Spring Salon

He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Brigham Young University. His work is represented by Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, California and Deseret Book Flagship Store Fine Art Gallery at City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Kunz lives with his family in Utah.

Coin Design Credits

  • 2020 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin Program – obverse
  • 2019 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin Program – obverse
  • 2018 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin Program – obverse
  • 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program – Shawnee National Forest reverse
  • 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollar Coin – obverse
  • 2009 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin – obverse

Medal Design Credits

  • Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program – Rosebud Sioux Tribe obverse
  • Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program – St. Regis Mohawk Tribe obverse

Coin & Medal Design Credits

  • 2017 American Liberty High Relief 24-karat Gold Coin and Silver Medal – obverse
  • 2015 High Relief Gold Coin and Silver Medal – obverse
  • 2008 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Andrew Jackson reverse
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