Arts Forum Speakers Announced!

Monday, September 22, 2008

We very pleased to announce that two of the finest illustrators in the world will be jetting into Hotlanta in February to bestow upon us their illustrative awesomeness:

©2008 Sam Weber

Sam Weber is a native of Alaska who grew up in Canada. Sam is white hot in the Illustration world, leaving his very edgy mark all over the place, including the cover of the CA Illustration Annual.
His work is very organic and visceral, loaded with texture and nuance, and always with a hint of danger.
Born in Alaska, Sam grew up in Deep River Ontario, Canada. After attending the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, he moved to New York to pursue illustration and attend graduate school at The School of Visual Arts. After graduating, Sam worked part time for two years as assistant art director of the OpEd page at the New York Times, with senior art director Brian Rea. His studio is in Brooklyn. Likes include Italian and Japanese comics, David Lynch movies, and hanging out with Jillian.
Here's a great article that appeared in Computer Arts Magazine in the U.K.

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©2008 Anita Kunz

Anita Kunz is also from north of the border, and has a client list that reads like an International Who's Who in publishing and business. Here's a snippit from her online bio:
Canadian by birth, Anita Kunz has lived in London, New York and Toronto, contributing to magazines and working for design firms, book publishers and advertising agencies in Germany, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Canada, South Africa, Holland, Portugal, France and England. Her clients include Time magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, The New York Times, Sony Music, Random House Publishing and many others.
She is one of the most respected illustrators in the world, and we are absolutely thrilled that she will be our guest this winter.

Last year's Comm Arts Forum was huge with two of the best illustrators in the biz here at the same time; Yuko Shimizu and James Jean. Soon after they left I started sweating bullets just thinking of how we could top them. And I soon decided that it's dumb to think that way. What we CAN do, I thought, is bring in folks who are also at the top of their game, but maybe in slightly different arenas. Illustration can be so many different things, it's better to explore all the nooks and crannies of the styles, markets and genres of illustration; there's so much going on with illustration today, so many avenues available. So, I asked for input from you guys and got some great suggestions. Thanks for the feedback, and I hope everyone is as stoked as I am about this year's guests.

I've been an admirer of Anita's wonderful editorial work and her often stinging portraits for years; she's been in so many Society of Illustrators annuals and CA Illustration annuals it's hard to keep track. I met her in NY a few years ago, and she's just as sweet as she is talented.

I was introduced to Sam Weber by some grad students a few years ago, and was in awe from the start. His work just draws you in with it's subtle, somber color palette and those incredible textures; I can's WAIT to see his workshop. The amazing thing is that it's almost all traditional media. Just wonderful.

So, as we get closer to the event this winter quarter, I'll be passing along more information. In the meantime, mark your calendars for February 19-22. It's going to be a terrific weekend!

1 comment:

maggieblairboyd said...

Rick, I just got home from Ringling where Sam and his amazing wife Jillian Tamaki gave presentations and judged a show. Sam and Anita both are great speakers I think the students are in for a real treat.
I can't wait.