September 2019 Illustration Special Exhibit

September 2019 Illustration Special Exhibit





Illustration is a broad term for visual storytelling. It can be executed in any media, and serves a variety of purposes. As our culture has become more visually oriented the job of the illustrator has never been more important. From images in storybooks, to online media, to newspapers, illustrators help us process information about the world and activate our imaginations.

View the Illustration Special Exhibit here!


The Art League Award for Best in Show

Deana So Oteh, Twilight

Honorable Mentions

KJ May, Lightening Bugs

John Rego, Beached Whale

Mojo Wang, The Lightness of Being


Meet the Juror

Will Varner

Will Varner is an experienced art director, illustrator and storyteller. He was the in-house illustration director at BuzzFeed for over four years and led a team dedicated to exploring the potential of illustrated content on all of BuzzFeed’s many platforms. While there he was one of the founding members and editors of BuzzFeed Comics which has over one million followers on Facebook and nearly one million followers on Instagram.

He earned a MFA in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts in New York City, NY and a BFA in Painting from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT.

He is currently an adjunct professor at SVA and has done freelance work for clients such as Adobe, Apple, Bloomberg Business Week, Tennis Magazine, Playboy, Nylon Guys, Cincinnati News, L Magazine, TimeOut New York, Movado Watches, Colgate-Palmolive, Tonka Toys, Basha Accesories, and more.

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