The club meets on a monthly basis to plan events, to share and critique work, and to maintain contacts within the local illustration community. We hold an annual juried show, in addition to a member show, and we also have a book of Grimm's fairy tales that we've completed and are now in the process of trying to publish. The club has really been helpful in providing an outlet for illustrators to come together and share ideas and encouragement.
We are starting to organize our 3rd Annual Juried Show, and we think you should enter! The show will be held at Ghostprint Gallery, located in downtown Richmond, opening June 5th.
To enter, go to www.richmondillustratorsclub.com. We will be accepting entries electronically through our website. Please make sure that your files are no larger than 2MB, and 1000 pixels on the longest dimension at 72DPI. The first entry is $20 with $5 for each subsequent entry. Payment can be delivered either online through our Paypal account or mailed with a hard cop of the entry form to R.I.C., 17 West Marshall Street, Apartment A, Richmond, VA 23220.. The deadline for entries is April 24. More information is available on the entry form found on our website. If you have any questions on the process, please firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Last year's show attracted almost 200 entries from all across country, of which we were able to display 45 pieces. The show was a wonderful time and drew a large amount of people and publicity. Many participants of the show felt a direct benefit from their involvement, for example, either securing gallery representation or obtaining clients. Predominately, we use the juried show to promote illustration throughout our community and remind local and national ad agencies, publications and other business that use illustration, that there is a powerful illustration force – sometimes right under their noses in their own city.
You can view past winners and other information on our other website www.richmondillustratorsclub.blogspot.com, though we are in the process of switching everything to www.richmondillustratorsclub.com. Please help us spread the word! Tell all your friends about this and help us make this the best show yet. This is a great show, and we want as many people and as much great artwork as possible to be involved! Please let us know if we can answer any questions you may have, or provide more information on the club and its purpose. Below is a press release about the Third Annual Juried Show that might provide some more detail.
Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!
Katie McBride, President
Holly Camp, Vice President
Richmond Illustrators Club
The Richmond Illustrators Club 3rd Annual Juried Show:
The Richmond Illustrators Club 3rd Annual Juried Show is a locally organized event that draws nation-wide attention, while reminding Richmond of its own illustration presence. Last year's call for entries attracted nearly 200 works from across the country and thousands of people came to the opening to admire the selected pieces.
We have been fortunate to work with jurors that have been amazing in their talent and intelligence -- Anita Kunz, Greg Swearingen, Josh George, and Kadir Nelson, among others. As artists, they run the gamut from conceptual editorial to children's book to gallery work. They have awarded gold, silver and bronze places, joined by The Phil Meggs Award for Excellence in Design, assigned by his wife and daughter. This year, we will be working with esteemed illustrator Marshall Arisman, Chair of the Illustration as Visual Essay program at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
The show opens June 5th at Ghostprint gallery, at the heart of the Broad Street First Fridays art walk and provides an excellent opportunity to expose great work to art buyers, art directors, gallery owners and other creative professionals.
The last two shows have been very successful and have directly helped several members get gallery representation as well as other opportunities.
Visit our website at www.richmondillustratorsclub.com to read club news, review membership information, find links to members work and see past years winners.
About the Club:
The Richmond Illustrator's club is a non-profit organization that provides information and promotion for the advancement of freelance illustrators and the illustration profession. The Club has been in existence for almost 20 years; if you're a working illustrator in the Richmond area, odds are you've been involved with the club at some point. Our members have worked in various aspects of the communication arts field, from editorial illustration to graphic design to fine art. Some of the club's clients include National Public Radio, Christian Children's Fund, NASA, Virginia Living Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Raven Tree Press, and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Some of our past projects have been a set of Richmond-themed postcards to send out to art directors and a book of Grimm's Fairy Tales. As a club, we illustrated more than 30 stories. The book is currently all laid out and we are seeking publication. On the horizon are more ideas of more group projects that will hopefully serve to benefit and involve the community.
The club provides to its members
• An opportunity to maintain and create contacts within the communication arts community, both in Richmond and with members of other regional illustrators clubs.
• Members shows
• Juried shows
• Group promotional projects
• Web site to host portfolios and club news.