Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Awards

I had the great privilege and opportunity to visit NYC on behalf of Ringling College of Art and Design to attend the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 17th. Several Ringling students were accepted into this highly competitive show - one of the most difficult shows of the illustration industry to get into - one that guarantees prestige and exposure. To put it in perspective, out of 8,595 entries from over 80 colleges worldwide, only 271 works were selected by the jury.  The jury consisted of 30 successful practitioners and professors from the illustration industry.

I would like to share a few highlights from the event and introduce you to some of the students who received scholarship awards that night. Check out the links below!!

Natalie Andrewson

Ziyue Angeline Chen 

Kacey Ziegler

Wren McDonald

Quite a few recent grads and other current students traveled to NYC to support their peers and to be inspired by all the amazing artwork on display. We met up for dinner at a great little Japanese restaurant around the corner from the charming Society of Illustrators building off of Lexington Ave. When we arrived at the show, it was already packed. This year, the Society expanded the exhibition space to all three galleries on each floor.

The ceremony started off by recognizing distinguished artist/educators. The first was Gary Meyer, who has an enviable curriculum vitae and also teaches at Art Center in Pasadena. Gary has been an art consultant on major motion pictures, a design consultant for theme parks, and has illustrated for numerous A-list clients (were talking album covers for the Jacksons, the Beach Boys, Chicago, etc...not to mention all the editorial illustration work for clients like Random House and Readers Digest). 
 As a teacher, Gary has been elected to receive the Great Teacher Award 17 times! He's also won a giant paragraph of prestigious awards, too many to list here. It was obvious why Gary has been so successful. He is humble, gracious, has a steadfast work ethic, and deep passion for illustration and teaching. Here is Gary receiving his award:

Then it was on to the students awards. The Society had a nice catalog of all the student work...they were giving these out along with another catalog from the MOCCA (museum of comic and cartoon art) Festival. It was great having this in hand to help view the overall collection of work. Below are a few pics of Ringling students (or rather, I should say "former" students since these guys have just graduated!!!)

Ziyue Angeline Chen celebrating with her family.

Natalie Andrewson receiving her scholarship award.

Wren McDonald receiving his scholarship award.

Kacey Ziegler with her winning artwork.
And now for a quick look at some of the great artwork in the show (all the ones by Ringling students, of course ;)

 Thank you to the Society of Illustrators crew for all your hard work in putting together another great show!!
Society of Illustrators team
And a proud and hearty congratulations to all students who were accepted into the 2013 show, especially to those from Ringling College. As the president of Society of Illustrators, Dennis Dittrich, says, "you have a lifetime of bragging rights".

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