Thursday, February 11, 2016

Go for the Gold

It’s that time of year again. Time to enter the one true international illustration awards show. Open to all illustrators in all countries. What makes our show special?
§ Judged by leading design directors, art 
directors, designers, editors and publishers from across the globe. With more art directors than most shows. Alongside equally distinguished illustrators.
§ Work is judged independently over a two-week period so there’s no chance for undue influence over who gets in, and who doesn’t.
§ Winners promoted directly to art directors who receive a free eBook edition, a link to our online gallery and a discount on our print edition.
§ Distributed to leading bookstores and newsstands worldwide so even more eyes see our winners. Not every show can say that.
§ More categories than any other show so your work is judged with related subject matter. Instead of just editorial, we break it down to specific types of editorial. So portraits are judged with other portraits. Lifestyle with lifestyle.
§ Three different shows, professional, picture book and student work are judged separately by our jury panel selected by this year’s Show Chair, James Yang.
No other show has the breadth of entrants or winners. Last year our winners represented forty-five countries, including our first from China. Since 2003 we’ve produced award-winning annuals that art directors like to see. And use.
What more can we say. Enter today, deadline is March 25th.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Una Storia Americana Opening January 29th

The Italian Cultural Institute of New York is hosting the exhibit Una Storia Americana presenting a selection of recent works by Italian artists Emiliano Ponzi and Olimpia Zagnoli.

From the press release: Their work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, MTA Transit, New York Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Penguin Books, Time Out New York and the Washington Post, and many other advertising campaigns, magazines, books and newspapers. Their style is distinct and original; Ponzi's lyrical images are characterized by delicate colors and conceptual metaphors, while Zagnoli's illustrations are identifiable for their soft and boldly colored shapes.

Corraini Editore will publish a catalogue with interviews by Steven Guarnaccia and Paul Buckley. The exhibition and the catalogue are curated by Melania Gazzotti. The exhibit is in collaboration with UBI Banca and Eataly. The opening is Friday, January 29th at 6pm.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura 
686 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10065

The exhibit runs through March 11, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Last Chance to Sign Up for Our Webinar


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We’ll share the results of an independent survey of American art directors and art buyers
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  • Find out the key to developing promotional pieces that get results.
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We believe you'll walk away with information you've not heard before.
Saturday, January 23, 9am—Noon, EDT


3x3 International Illustration Show
Judges Announced

We’re pleased to announce the jury for 3x3 International Illustration Annual No 13. Thanks to the efforts of our Show Chairman, James Yang, we have lined up an excellent panel of judges.

Judges for the 3x3 Professional Show are Ken DeLago, Art Director Golf Digest; Grace Lee, Art Director Priest+Grace; Irene Gallo, Art Director Tor Books; Lucho Correa, Art Director/Graphic Designer (Columbia); Kiko Farkas, Art Director (Brazil). And illustrators Jing Wei, Brian Rea and Veronica Grech (Spain).

Our 3x3 Picture Show judges are Paul Buckley, Art Director Penguin; Hendrik Helligel, Editor Gestalten Verlag (Germany); Isabelle De Cat, Art Director Penguin (United Kingdom); Ben Newman, illustrator (United Kingdom) and Maria Carluccio.

3x3 Student Show judges include Catherine Gilmore-Barnes, Art Director New York Times Book Review and illustrator/educators Aya Kakeda, Ian Whadcock (United Kingdom), Jonathan Jay Lee (Hong Kong) and Peter Diamond (Austria).

We are currently accepting entries. Our early deadline is March 25, 2016., the final deadline is April 1 but a late fee will be incurred. Judges may enter the show but will not be allowed to vote on their work or work they commissioned.

Stay tuned as we introduce each of our judges over the coming weeks.

3x3 International Illustration Show
Deadline: March 25, 2016

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Power of Art

The holidays give me time to catch up on my reading and the following article in The New Yorker about the illustrator Lonni Sue Johnson is something I would like to share.

From her site:

Prominent artist, Lonni Sue Johnson, was suddenly struck with profound amnesia (memory loss). Her recovery art gives a rare glimpse into the mind.

Lonni Sue was a professional illustrator for 31 years. Her art was published by The New York Times and appeared on covers of The New Yorker magazine. She also did illustrations for The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, the medical field, major corporations and the government.  She illustrated many books. Her art has been recognized by the White House and the United Nations and is in the Smithsonian collection.

Suddenly, just before the 2008 New Year, Lonni Sue’s pen nearly stopped. She had been struck with a severe case of encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, and nearly died. She had to relearn how to walk, talk, and eat. Margaret Kennard Johnson, mother and fellow artist, has been helping Lonni Sue regain her art...

For the complete article go to The New Yorker site. It is a very inspiring read.

Show Chairman Announced for 3x3 Annual Show

We’re doing something new this year, for the past twelve years we have selected the judges for each of our three shows but this year we’re going outside and enlisting James Yang to be our Show Chairman.

James is currently working on contacting judges for the shows which we’ll be announcing soon.

We are so pleased that James has agreed to be our Chairman and look forward to hearing his suggestions on how we may make our shows even better.

The 3x3 International Illustration Awards Show is open and accepting entries with the deadline of March 25 and a late deadline of April 1. Full details are online.

We’ll be doing our usual promotion around each of our shows so watch your inbox and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

3x3 International Illustration Awards No.13
Now Open

We’re getting a bit of an early start this year by announcing our next juried competition. Judges will be announced next month

Our deadline of entries is March 25, 2016 with a late deadline of April 1st—late deadlines will have a late fee added. If you’re interested in entering now, you can. Good news for those who wish to deduct their entry fees off their 2015 taxes.

Entry fees and publication fees, as well as purchases of annuals, magazines and books are all tax-deductible.

Thanks to Lasse Skarbövik for this year’s commissioned Call for Entries image.

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