Illustration Students Accepted into Prestigious Competition

Published: March 02, 2021 | Author: Ashley H Pollock | Read Time: 2 minutes

Breath of Life by Chloe TateIllustration West is an annual competition and exhibition highlighting the year’s best illustration – both from L.A. and from all around the world. Society of Illustrators (SILA) is proud to represent established and emerging artists and demonstrate that this continues to be an exciting era for illustration. Southern Utah University (SUU) had two students, Andrew Lee and Chloe Tate, from the illustration program enter with four of their works accepted into the exhibition.

Chloe Tate, senior Studio Arts Major with an emphasis in Illustration and minors in both Arts Administration and Art History from St. George, UT, shares, “This is my second year having pieces chosen for the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles competition. It's an honor to be chosen and very exciting. Every year there is an amazing roster of jurors who are incredible artists. Just knowing that they have seen my work and deemed it worthy for the show is great encouragement. I didn't start out as an art major and I've always felt like I've been catching up with my peers, but reaching goals like this motivates me to keep improving and working towards where I want to be. My artwork tends to contain mostly people and natural elements with a mystical twist. I'm an avid reader and storyteller. I enjoy including a narrative in the pieces I create, even if that narrative is only ever known by me.” 

The jurors for this 59th year included Dru Struzan, illustrator of the famous Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and Harry Potter posters; Claire Keane, concept artist for Disney's Frozen; Mike Mignola, the creator of the Hellboy comic; Suzy Hutchinson, the Art Director of Mad Magazine; Celebrity caricaturist Jason Seiler; Illustration legend C. F. Payne; Fantasy illustrator Justin Gerard; Caldecott winning artist Kadir Nelson; and Editor of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" —Charles Kochman.

Hala Swearingen, professor of Illustration at SUU, shares, “I am very excited that Chloe and Andrew had their work accepted into the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles 59th Annual Illustration Competition this year! Not only does it validate the quality of their work in the illustration industry, but it also adds a prestigious line to their resumes. The exhibition had an absolutely incredible jury this year—and I hope that Chloe and Andrew feel an additional boost of confidence knowing that these amazing people voted for their work!”

Andrew and Chloe, amazing students of the Illustration program at SUU, continue to astound Cedar City and the nation as they share their artwork. Congratulations to these dedicated artists!

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