Noa Kelner is an independent illustrator living in Jerusalem. She earned a degree in visual communication from the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design. She works with book publishers, newspapers, magazines, and private clients, and teaches illustration at Beita Jerusalem and Bezalel. She is active in projects that bring art and design to the public sphere, including City Tale, Street Talk, and Jerusalem Design Week, and is artistic director of an annual Jerusalem festival that examines interactions between text and image.
"I work in Jerusalem, where I was born and raised. This city has been an inspiration to me in many ways. I love its contrasts, the variety of differences between all the people living here, as well as the feeling of belonging that I can’t seem to find anywhere else. In addition, I was very fortunate to grow up as part of a family and community full of strong, independent, and interesting women. Having a daughter of my own, I feel how important it is for me to pass along the empowering messages I received from my environment and to work towards making the world better for women – and for her.
These feelings informed my Betty Friedan illustration."