The Society of Illustrators recently opened its Annual Student Competition exhibition at its Midtown gallery in New York City. Following a call for entries that drew a record 7,002 submissions, 19 SVA students earned a place in the show with 24 works – the largest showing of any school. In further recognition of their achievement, the following students were awarded scholarships at the May 6 opening reception: John Dombrowski ($4000 Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts Scholarship Award/Call for Entries Poster); Carolyn Jao ($2000 in Memory of Verdon Flory); Buster Broadway ($1500 in Memory of Derek Bovay/The Art Department Scholarship); and Amanda Lanzone ($1000 in Memory of Effie Bowie). Of the 205 images in competition for cash awards, Student Scholarship Committee Chairman Scott Bakal said, “As far as I am concerned, the work would rival any professional show.”
Another member of the SVA community honored by the Society this year is alumnus Gil Ashby (MFA 1986 Illustration as Visual Essay), an illustrator, teacher and former chair of illustration at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, who was named a 2011 Distinguished Educator in the Arts. Ashby’s portfolio also includes an SVA subway poster created for the College’s 50th anniversary.
The exhibition continues through May 27 at the Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street, and is accompanied by a full-color catalog.