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About the Competition - Illustration West 53

About the Competition

SILA – The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles presents our 53rd annual Illustration West.

Illustration West is an annual competition and exhibition highlighting the year’s best illustration – both from L.A. and from all around the world. SILA is proud to represent established and emerging artists and demonstrate that this continues to be an exciting era for illustration.

Show Chair

king-miriam-squareMiriam King

SILA-IllustrationWest53-Owen-Smith

illustration by Owen Smith

Judges

Our Exhibition Sponsors

Entry Categories

  • Advertising
    Commissioned and published work used for consumer/trade print ads, fashion, point of-purchase, product, packaging, outdoor, websites and other forms of promotional media.
  • Book
    Commissioned and published work for fiction/non-fiction, hard & soft cover books. Includes juvenile, young adult, adult, and cookbooks.
  • Children’s Market
    Commissioned and published work used for the children’s market.
  • Editorial
    Commissioned and published work for newspapers, magazines, blogs, courtroom sketches including spots, and humorous works.
  • Entertainment & Visual Development
    Commissioned and published work for promotion or packaging of entertainment events, products and organizations, including: music, motion picture, DVD/video, television, computer games, live entertainment or Commissioned work for a production of a motion picture, animation, video games, and television. Examples: character designs, layout, visual development, background paintings, and storyboards.
  • Gallery
    Any work produced for the purpose of showing at a gallery or museum.
  • Graphic Novels / Comic Books
    Commissioned and published work for fiction/non-fiction, comic books, and graphic novels. Including: character designs, layout, visual development, background paintings, pin-ups, and storyboards.
  • Institutional
    Commissioned and published work for annual reports, corporate projects, capability projects, in-house publications, illustrated company logos, calendars, menus, calligraphy, non self-promotional greeting cards, philatelic, and collectibles.
  • Student
    Work created for classroom projects only. Must include photocopy of student ID with entry.
  • Unpublished & Self-Promotional
    Any self-promotional work, whether commissioned or not commissioned. Sourcebook ads, mailers, gallery work, portfolio pieces, experimental, fine art. Includes all Artist’s Rep or Gallery commissioned work.

Awards

  • Joseph Morgan Henninger Award – Best of Show
    This award is presented to the best of all the Gold Award winners and is named for SILA’s first President during our founding year in 1953.
  • Patrick Nagel Award for Excellence
    This award is presented to the second best of all the Gold Award winners and is named to honor a great illustrator, Patrick Nagel.
  • Gold, Silver and Bronze awards are awarded individually for in each category.

Work entered in the Student and Unpublished / Self-Promotional categories will not be eligible for the Henninger or Nagel Awards.

Scholarship Awards

  • Scholarships are presented to the Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners from the Student category.
  • Gold – Phillip Hays “I love it. I think it’s terrific.” $1000 Scholarship
  • Silver – Elin Waite & Dick Oden $750 Scholarship
  • Bronze – Bill Tara $500 Scholarship