About the Competition

SILA – The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles presents our 59th 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.

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Poster text design by Andy Heckathorne

Show Chair

Chad Frye
Illustrator, Animation Artist


Justin Gerard

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Suzy Hutchinson
Art Director – MAD Magazine

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Claire Keane
Author, Illustrator, Visual Development Artist

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Charles Kochman
Editorial Director – Abrams ComicArts

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Mike Mignola
Hellboy Creator

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Kadir Nelson
Author, Illustrator

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C.F. Payne

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Jason Seiler

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Drew Struzan

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For examples of award-winning work from last year’s exhibition, browse the Awards menu of Illustration West 58.

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 in each category.

Work entered in the Gallery, Student and Unpublished / Self-Promotional categories will not be eligible for the Henninger or Nagel Awards.
All accepted entries will receive Certificates of Merit.
Award-winning artwork must be available for use on the website.

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


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