Friday, January 30, 2015

3x3 International Illustration Annual
Call for Entries

We are now accepting entries in the 2015 3x3 International Illustrator’s show. This year’s deadline for all shows is March 31, 2014.

Why our show?

It seems everyday there’s another contest for illustrators, what makes ours different? First, it is solely illustration-oriented, we don't have contests for photographers or designers, only illustrators. Secondly, it's truly international, last year we had entries from over 35 countries. And lastly our Annual is on the newsstands—one of only three who are available there—and the only one that is devoted entirely to illustration.

What’s new?

Medals. Best of Show and Gold medal winners receive our distinctive 3×3×3-inch cube, Silver and Bronze winners receive a framed award; all distinctive merit and merit winners receive certificates. This has been on our wish-list for some time now, but we have just received our samples and will go into production.

We will be creating an app of the annual and it will be offered free to a select list of art directors and art buyers worldwide. We'll also let them know about the Annual’s website and give them a substantial discount when ordering our print edition.

We have added a category in our student show separating out children’s books from the other categories which include illustration, animation and books. This allows our judges to judge these categories separately.

We’ll waive registration fees at our annual Nuts & Bolts Conference for our Student Best of Show and Gold medal winners.

Our Best of Show and Gold medal winning entries will receive a free page in our 2015 3x3 Illustration Directory plus they’ll not pay any publication fees for their best of show and gold medal winning entries.

Our Judges

For the professional show: Ronn Campisi, former Design Director, Boston Globe; Christian Drury, former Senior Art Director, Wall Street Journal; April MontgomeryArt Director, IDG Enterprise and Samantha JohnsonPicture Editor, Penguin Press, United Kingdom and illustrators Nishant Choksi, United Kingdom, Christian Gralingen, Germany, Lasse Skarbovik, Sweden and Ellen Weinstein.

For our picture book show: Hannah Ray Editorial Manager, Macmillan Children’s Books, United Kingdom; Debra SfetsiosArt Director, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; Ben Norland, Executive Art Director, Walker Books Ltd., United Kingdom; Svein StørksenEditor in Chief, Magikon Forlag, Norway; and award-winning illustrators Janette Bornmarker, Sweden, Calef Brown and Steve Simpson, Ireland.

For our student show: Pamela Fogg, Design Director, Middlebury Magazine and illustrator/educators Paul Burgess, United Kingdom; Martin Haake, Germany; Cedomir Kostovic, Simon Peplow, United Kingdom and James Yang.

Ready to enter? Just click your link: 3x3 ProShow3x3 Picture Book Show3x3 Student Show. Have questions, check out our FAQ.

Deadline for all shows: March 31, 2015. Entries uploaded after that date will be assessed a $10 per entry late fee; entries will not be accepted after April 5, 2015.

Illustration by Giulio Bonasera, Italy

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It’s in the Mail

Just received our samples for the 3x3 International Annual No. 11 which means the Annual is on its way to our subscribers and those that ordered the Annual as well as heading to selected newsstands worldwide.

Thank you to Chris Young, The Prolific Group in Winnipeg, for his expert handling of our project. Chris is our go-to guy for the Annual and again he didn't disappoint.

And thank you to all who support our efforts either by entering our shows, subscribing or buying our books and magazines.

The Annual was delayed by the holidays but we are making every effort to speed up the production process so the 2015 Annual arrives earlier.

And start gathering your entries, the 2015 Annual No. 12 deadline is March 30. Our Call for Entries goes out this week, to add your name to our mailing list go here.

Cover illustration by Mark Smith

Friday, January 16, 2015

Donald Kilpatrick III Exhibit Opens in New York

This marks Donald Kilpatrick’s third solo exhibition with the gallery and his New York debut featuring over twenty-five new paintings.

Sing Down the Moon explores Kilpatrick’s use of allegory in pursuit of engaging narratives that transport the viewer to imaginary epochs. Books and birds, a needle and thread, axes and snakes are some of the many symbols used to represent humanity’s innate desire to cultivate, serve, and command nature.

These visual poems draw from the artist’s personal archive, which include, printed matter, title pages from books and sketchbooks.

Kilpatrick earned has an M.A. from Syracuse University in 2006. He moved to Detroit in 2007 to begin his career at the College for Creative Studies where is a professor of traditional and digital illustration of which he has been the department chair since 2010.

His work has been featured in publications such as Fortune, the L.A. Times, and the Wall Street Journal. His paintings have been exhibited in Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Miami.

The Butcher’s Daughter Gallery
318 West 142nd Street
New York NY 10030

Opening reception
January 17, 6-9pm

Exhibit run through February 28th

Tomi Ungerer Exhibit Opens Today

Lots of illustration related art openings this weekend. One in particular has been a long time coming. Tomi Ungerer: All in One opens at The Drawing Center in SoHo. Steven Heller will have a conversation with the artist at 3pm tomorrow followed by a book signing.

The Drawing Center exhibition is the first career retrospective in the United States dedicated to this extraordinary artist. Beginning with his childhood drawings depicting the Nazi invasion of Strasbourg, through his work in New York and Canada, and concluding with Ungerer’s most recent political and satirical campaigns as well as his illustrations for the 2013 children’s book Fog Island, Tomi Ungerer: All in One will re-introduce this wildly creative individual to New York City and the world. The exhibition will occupy the entire Drawing Center, with a spotlight “exhibition” of Ungerer’s erotic drawings in the Drawing Room and animations in the lower-level Lab gallery.

Curated by Claire Gilman, Curator.

Tomi Ungerer: All in One is made possible by the support of Phaidon Press, Lisa Silver and Jean Castelli, an anonymous gift in honor of Frances Beatty Adler, the Maurice Sendak Foundation, EDF Group, Philippe Castagnet, HarperCollins, Dominque Formhals, Fiona and Eric Rudin, the French Embassy, and L’école des Loisirs.

Special thanks to the Musée Tomi Ungerer-Centre international de l'illustration

We profiled Tomi as one of our Illustration Icons in Issue 6.

The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street
New York NY 10013

Exhibit runs through March 22.

Exhibition Opening: Illustration Art

Swann Galleries in Manhattan is showcasing original illustrations, the exhibition opens this Saturday with the auction on January 22.

Some of the most famous names in illustration are being exhibited and sold. Contemporary illustrators like James McMullen, pictured top left and Joseph Leyendecker, top right, as well as Phil Hays, David Stone Martin, Aubery Beardsley, Seymour Chwast, Stefan Dohanos, James Montgomery Flagg, Edward Gorey, John Held, Al Hirschfeld, Rockwell Kent, David Levine, Ed Sorel, the New Yorker cartoonists, Bob Peak, Tomi Ungerer and many others. All original art with estimates in the hundreds to the thousands.

The image by James McMullen includes the acetate overlay with the handwritten text others like Tomi Ungerer’s are preparatory sketches, one of his is on onion skin.

It will be like a walk through time and some of the estimates make purchasing even affordable.

Check out the online gallery here, 3-D catalog here.

Swann Auction Galleries
104 East 25th Street
New York NY 10010

Exhibition Hours: 
Saturday 12-5pm
Tuesday and Wednesday 10-6pm
Auction is on Thursday at 1:30pm

Contact Christine von der Linn, for details.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hot Off the Press

Thanks to Chris Young for providing us the photo from The Prolific Group.

The printing of the Annual is completed and is in the bindery now. Delivery soon!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Job Opening: MICA MFA Illustration Program

The Illustration Practice MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art invites applications for this full-time faculty position with a multi-year renewable contract in a non-tenure institution beginning Fall 2015.

Job Description 
The Illustration Practice MFA program seeks a candidate with a distinguished professional career in illustration practice or a related field. A viable candidate will have a sophisticated awareness of illustration markets, an understanding of studio practice in illustration and related fields, and an up-to-date knowledge of industry, advocacy, and relevant copyright issues.

The candidate should have the ability to teach at a graduate level and should demonstrate an understanding and enthusiasm for the current shifts and changes in the practice of illustration. Experience in lecture and critique formats, ability to work with students in groups and one-on-one, and natural abilities for course and professional advisement are important. Candidates should show general knowledge of the use of traditional and non-traditional media, have strong visual and critical abilities and a minimum familiarity with digital technology such as Adobe Creative Cloud. The program also seeks applicants who can convey relevant professional development information and discuss the components of creating and maintaining a viable studio with a contemporary vision of the practice of illustration.

The faculty position will teach one 9-credit course each semester to first-year graduate students, coordinate workshops within that credit load, and engage in a multi-week faculty swap to work with 2nd year thesis students. The candidate will also hold regular office hours, participate in program and institutional responsibilities such as exhibition coordination, committee service, application pre- reviews, application reviews and interviews, Open House, off-site portfolio reviews, orientations, and other program/institution related events. In addition to teaching, all full-time faculty are expected to pursue research and/or professional engagements that contribute to the educational mission of the graduate program and the College.

>MFA, or terminal degree in the relevant field(s), or equivalent professional experience.
>Distinguished professional career in illustration or related practice.
>An awareness of illustration markets, studio practices, industry and that of related fields.
>An understanding of professional development relevant to the practice of illustration, including copyright issues.
>Familiarity with Adobe Creative Cloud.

Preferred requirements
Minimum 3 years teaching experience above the Teaching Assistant level. An interest in curriculum on the history of illustration.

Additional Information 
Salary Commensurate with experience and college policy; excellent benefits package.

Apply The College will review applications as received. Although materials received before January 20, 2015 are best assured of receiving full consideration, the position will remain open until filled. All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.

Application Instructions - Visit
Candidates will be asked to login or create a login and then should follow application instructions. Instructions are also posted in SlideRoom. In addition to the materials below, the application requires the name and contact information for three references. .
For preferred consideration, upload application materials to the MICA SlideRoom portal no later than January 20, 2015.

Submit online 3 multi-page PDF documents.
>The first multi-page PDF document should include letter of application, comprehensive CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and two sample syllabi.
>The second multi-page PDF document should include 15 examples of recent work.
>The third multi-page PDF document should include 10 examples of student work, assigned and independent projects, with short descriptions of the work shown [project name, level, audience].
>Please format PDF documents for screen resolution and viewing. No physical media are requested nor will be returned.

About MICA
The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), founded in 1826, is consistently ranked in the top tier of visual arts and design colleges in the nation. It enrolls approximately 1,800 undergraduate and 350 graduate students who are pursuing study in programs that lead to the BFA, MA, MAT, MA/MBA, MPS and MFA degrees, as well as post-baccalaureate certificates. In addition, the College offers credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children.

MICA provides 19 graduate programs in a diverse range of creative fields including art, design, film, education, business, research and scholarship. Each of these highly competitive programs attracts students who seek to advance a personal vision and transform their practices. Led by distinguished faculty, MICA’s graduate programs provide students the ability to customize their experience by activating a diverse range of resources. This vibrant and collaborative graduate community also seeks to strengthen connections across programs through a robust plan for shared coursework, workshops, events, and activities.

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region through its community engagement and the sponsorship of hundreds public programs annually, including exhibitions, artists' residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances by students, faculty, and internationally known artists. In turn, Baltimore supports a lively arts community that continues to serve as a critical resource to MICA’s emerging artists and designers. Centrally located in the eastern seaboard, it also provides easy access to Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York. Visit the College’s website at for more information.

About the Illustration Practice, MFA Program: The MFA in Illustration Practice prepares artists to elevate their artistic and business abilities, blend media within new cultural contexts, and integrate research and critical analysis into their work. Students find new directions for the practice in the 21st century, actively initiate projects, and revisit their creative process while awakening their abilities to chart their own course as entrepreneurs.

MICA is an equal opportunity employer. As an educational institution dedicated to individual development in the visual arts, MICA nurtures, supports, and celebrates diversity in all of its forms including aesthetic, cultural, and philosophical and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, socio-economic status, and marital status. This requires that the College develop and maintain a diverse community of trustees, administration, staff, faculty, and students; and that diversity is a fundamental philosophic value that informs the content of all of its programs and activities. MICA’s commitment to diversity prepares its graduates to excel professionally and assume leadership roles in a global context.

MICA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Human Resources at 410-225-2363.