Friday, March 27, 2009

Richmond Illustrators Club 3rd Annual Juried Show; Call For Entries!

Hi everyone,

I wanted to pass along the announcement for the Richmond Illustrators Club's 3rd Annual Juried Show, Call For Entries! This Year Marshall Arisman will be judging.
See below for the official announcement:

The Richmond Illustrators Club is planning its 3rd Annual Juried Show!

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 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 or

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, though we are in the process of switching everything to 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 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.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Welcome to the Illustrators Club

Hello Members of the Illustrators Club of Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia and followers of our blog. I thought maybe the best way to introduce the Illustrators Club to those who are new would be to give a brief example of some of the activities we created last year. The short list of activities for members to participate in are Club sponsored shows, gallery tours, speakers and seminars.

For example, last December we held our Members Show at the Art Institute of Washington's gallery in Rosslyn, VA and last summer our Juried Exhibition at Pepco's Edison Gallery in Washington DC . The core sentiment of these shows has been to expose the community at large to Illustration and the fantastic work which is sometimes overlooked in the guise of everyday print materials. It has been important to the field as the gallery setting, among other things, has helped to increase the appreciation and solidify the position of Illustration in the Arts.

Most recently, we held a private tour with the National Portrait Gallery to see the "Ballyhoo!" poster exhibit held there. Among the posters ranging from victorian to modern day was Shepard Fairey's special piece done for the gallery of the Obama "HOPE" poster. Last year we held a tour of the Kelly Collection; a local, private collection of some of the most outstanding pieces of Golden Age Illustration. It was an unforgettable day to say the least. 

We coupled the Kelly Tour with our speaker series. It was a great pairing as our speaker was Illustrator/Professor Murray Tinkelman; a legend among the Illustration community. If you have a chance, read the article/interview with Murray in issue 23 of Illustration magazine. His down to earth speaking style combined with his lifetime in Illustration (beginning with Cooper Studios) made for the best in information and entertainment. In fact, we were able to have Murray walk through the Kelly Collection with us. It truly offered great insight into the works we viewed that day. Like I said; unforgettable.

Before I leave the subject of Murray and the study of Illustration I would like to make a brief mention of the Limited Residency MFA in Illustration program at the University of Hartford Murray started the program there and it's a great one! Both Paul Zdepski and myself are attending and I can honestly say it's possibly the best thing you can do for yourself as an Illustrator. Whether your goal is to teach or to rediscover your personal vision among a group of peers, the program will support you.

To get back to the Club; we regularly hold a Business and Legal seminar. This year we plan to add a special speaker to discuss the lucrative practice of licensing illustration. Of course we maintain an active role in the dissemination of information regarding the Orphan Works legislation and the possible dangers which exist to the rights of Illustrators today. We have coupled this with our support of and affiliation with ASIP (American Society of Illustrators Partnership) .

I am personally proud to be a part of the Illustrators Club for their role and support of ASIP. We have Joe Azar to thank for helping us to make this connection. Without him, the Illustrators Club would not have been involved so early in the development and support of ASIP. Marie Dauenheimer and her connections in the Medical Illustration community have been key to this as well.

It's good to mention Marie here as she has done so much to create and develop the Programs and Activities the Illustrators Club promotes and sponsors. One of the best, in my opinion, has been the ongoing Open Life Drawing sessions held at AiW every Tuesday and Thursday night. While being open to members, opening the the sessions to the public has brought a great variety of people together who simply enjoy drawing the human form. From students to professionals; whether for practice, study or just the enjoyment of drawing, it has been a great experience to get together and draw. All of this while giving back to the community. Students draw along side professionals. What I would have given for this when I was coming along. Did I mention students of AiW are admitted for free?

So the Club really does do a lot. And, it's all done with a volunteer group. Even this blog.

We are always looking for more participation; whether it be suggestions for lecture series, or something we may have never sponsored before. Of course, we are always looking for volunteers too. I have always felt we accomplish so much with a few and can only imagine what we could do with more.

I hope you'll participate.

David Labrozzi
Illustrators Club of Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia

David Hagen: Identified and Unidentified

Long-time IC Member David Hagen would like to invite you to see his new show,
“Identified and Unidentified,” just opened in Arlington (Rosslyn area):
Century 21 Exhibit Space
1711 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209
Open daily 10 am – 6 pm

It runs through the end of April with a reception on Friday, March 27th.

Congratulations, David!