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Illustrators, Animators Stand Out in National Competition
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The Society of Illustrators, the
leading American professional organization for illustrators, awarded five of the
top prizes in its annual Student Scholarship Competition to RISD Illustration majors. Students in
Film/Animation/Video also swept the Animation category in the SOI competition.
Senior JooHee Yoon 11 IL earned one of the top two prizes of $5,000 for her mixed
media piece Elephant. Collectively,
the five RISD winners – Yoon, Dadu Shin 10
IL, Armando Veve 11 IL, Kevin
Laughlin 11 IL and Ivy Tai 11 IL – won $13,000 out of a total of $50,000 in prize money awarded in this
In the Animation category,Caleb Wood 11 FAV won a
$750 First Place prize for his film Little
Wild, the second year in a row that he has won the top prize in this national
competition. Ted Wiggin 11 FAVplaced
second with his entry, Terra Firma,
and Kenneth Onulak 11 FAV took third prize for Paper
Little Wild from caleb wood on Vimeo.
The nationwide illustration
contest, held every year since 1981, is arguably the most competitive and
prestigious of its kind for college-level students, and has launched the
careers of many of today’s top American illustrators.
Ivy Tai, Absolut Ivy
“The New York Society of
Illustrators is the original professional organization for illustrators, begun
during the ‘Golden Age’ of illustration,” says Assistant Professor of Illustration
Susan Doyle 81 IL/98 PT/PR. “All the big names were members – Howard Pyle, Montgomery Flagg and N.C.
Wyeth, among others.” Though the organization holds two competitions each
year – one in New York, the other in Los Angeles – Doyle says the former is by
far the most competitive, with the most crowded field of students and the
largest pool of prize money.
And only the New York show
publishes an accompanying perfect-bound
illustration annual of all the work
selected for exhibition. “Art directors and
designers subscribe to the book to find talent,” says Doyle, “so it’s a great career
RISD’s winners were among
the 205 students nationwide selected from a field of 7,002 applicants. Their
winning illustrations are selected by a jury – comprised of professional illustrators
and art directors – that assesses overall quality based on concept, technique and
skill with the medium used.
In addition to the prize
winners, illustrators Ole Tillmann 11 ILand Marina Loeb 11 IL had work selected for the 2011 Student Scholarship Competition Exhibit, which was on view from May 4
through 27 at the SOI’s Museum of American Illustration in Manhattan. Additional
pieces by Yoon and Tai were also selected for the show.
Society of Illustrators
SOI Student Scholarship Competition