Announcing the winners of the first SAm Art Prize!
July 29,2020 Sixty eight artists submitted a total of more than 200 artworks in the first SAM Art Prize. The response was overwhelming and Juror Lauren Panepinto went above and beyond by selecting not only a winner, but also several honorable mentions and she provided commentary about her choices, some of which is included below. Congratulations to everyone who entered by submitting a new portfolio or updates!
Lauren's Notes-- This was hard! There was a lot of great work submitted, and it was very hard to narrow down to one piece. I could pick completely different pieces depending on whether I was wearing my Art Director of Bookcovers Hat, my Gallery Curator Hat, or my Personal Fan of Art Hat, so I chose the piece that most appealed to all three at once: Selkie Niji by Francesca Resta. This piece would make both a great book cover and a fine art piece. I love the texture in it, and the nuance of emotion, but I especially appreciate the visual hierarchy: there’s a lot going on here, in a limited palette, but it catches the eye and then draws it in confidently.
Lauren's Notes-- I really like this composition, and I would put it on a book cover in a heartbeat. The design of the background really supports the strong visual hierarchy well, and there’s a lot of world building in this piece that tells you there’s story here without screaming it at you.
Lauren's Notes-- I love this piece for it’s really interesting color palette, nice mix of graphic and painterly textures, and strong composition. I itch to put type over this piece so badly and turn it into a book cover.
Lauren's Notes-- Shoutout for a solid body of work. I really love the Boy on the Tower, and Girl with the Sword, and the Child Devil with the Cat. These need to be on middle grade book covers. Great compositions, storytelling, color, and sense of humor.
Thanks to everyone who made judging really hard! There are so many other pieces I’d love to shout out to!
Dan Cohen's latest mural in Portland
July 27, 2020 Recently the windows of a business boarded up due to Covid 19 become Dan Cohen's surface for a commission in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in Portland, OR. Congratulations to Dan for this commission bringing art to the closedown and art to the movement. Dan Cohen
annual Enchanted brush Exhibition at the Mazza Museum Features dan Watson
July 15, 2020 Dan Watson will have two of his works shown in his first museum show in the Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery of the Mazza Museum in Findlay, Ohio. The show runs from July 10 through August 7. This year the show will be held online, exclusively. Enchanted Brush is a yearly exhibition curated by the artist Dan Chudzinski. Find out more below. Congratulations to Dan! Dan Watson's work in the show: Here More about the Enchanted Brush annual exhibition: here Dan Watson
Primary Hughes Showing at Modern Eden
July 10, 2020 Steven (Primary) Hughes' opens his debut exhibition at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco July 11. Congratulations! More about the exhibition here Primary Hughes
Announcing our first juried portfolio competition!
June 26, 2020
Your work will be entered automatically when you update your SAM portfolio or create a new portfolio page this July. Lauren Panepinto—creative Director at Orbit Books will review everyone’s portfolio updates and new portfolio submissions to decide who wins the prize, which includes the following:
—Their win announced on all our media platforms —£75 (about $100) gift certificate for high quality brushes from Rosemary Brushes —A free lecture of their choice from the SAS fall lecture series.
In addition, every person who updates their existing portfolio this July will be able to add two more images to their SAM portfolio (see below).
How do you send in a new portfolio?
Just email me these things between July 1 and July 21:
up to six images of your artwork (1mb-3mb each)
a bio photo
links to all your sites and socials (promote yourself!)
a notation of which IMC or SmArt School program(s) you took part in
—For your bio: you can include specifics about what kind of work you do. This is the way the search feature on the site will find you. For example, use terms like ‘young adult’ or ‘science fiction’ or ‘original art for sale’ if they apply to your portfolio. Just keep it real (don’t keyword spam).
How do you update an Existing Portfolio?
Just email me these things between July 1 and July 21:
New images (1mb-3mb each)
Tell me if you want me to take down any of your existing images on your SAM page—only keep your best work in your portfolio!
You can now show up to eight images, total, of your artwork.
You can also update your bio, links, and bio photo.
Feel free to email me with any questions, and best of luck! Matt Mitchell
Illustration by Rovina Cai, winner of the gold award in the Books category
We spotted 22 ImC & Smart school alumni who won entry into the spectrum juried annual this year
June 15,2020 Each year Spectrum aims to showcase the best talent in the fields of science fiction and fantasy. This year it includes at least 22 alumni of the IMC or SmArt School. This list doesn't include our teachers and honored easel artists at the IMC, some of whom won entry. Congratulations to everyone! Spectrum 27: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art will be out this fall.
May 11, 2020 Read more about the ongoing illustration contest and see the recently published 36th edition of Writers of the Futurehere. Ben Hill Arthur Bowling
Matthew Huntley's Kickstarter "Vigilant Lioness"
May 5, 2020 The campaign ends soon, on Sunday, May 10. To learn about the book and help make it happen, click here
Update May 11, 2020 Congratulations to Matthew Huntley! His Kickstarter was a success.
new Netflix series "The Midnight Gospel" features work by gregery miller
May 1, 2020 Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward just released a new show on Netflix, The Midnight Gospel. Gregery Miller (IMC 2019) was a background artist on the series and designed the worlds of multiple episodes with his team.
The show: Here Great Indywire Review here Gregery Miller's Patreon Page Here Gregery's profile Here
April 24, 2020 "Where'd My Jojo Go?" by Jill Esbaum, Pictures by Scott Brundage For sale here Kirkus review here Great interview with Scott with lots of good images of the book in progress on the author Jill Esbaum's blog here Scott's profile on SAM: Scott Brundage
Arthur Haywood Mural Proposal
April 20, 2020 Arthur Haywood had a mural up for public vote until April 22. Click here to see the proposal and learn more about The DaVinci Art Alliance, who sponsored this mural competition in Philadelphia.