Memphis College of Art presents Illustrators 57, an annual juried exhibition by the Society of Illustrators, Jan. 6–26 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception will take place Friday, Jan. 15 from 6–8 p.m.
Illustrators 57 features 40 pieces created throughout the year by artists around the world. The works were included in the original exhibition at the Society of Illustrators on Jan. 7–Feb. 28, 2015, and have appeared in magazines, newspapers, books, calendars, theater posters, fashion labels, album artwork and advertisements for major corporations. This annual exhibition celebrated 57 years in 2015, and has been traveling for 34 years.
Jillian Tamaki, Illustrators Annual past chair, discussed the exciting changes in the illustration world with advances from the technological revolution. “Illustration used to be defined by context. Then the internet stripped illustration of that context which made us very unhappy and afraid,” said Tamaki. “More fundamentally, this reversal also untethered our notions of what illustration should look like, where it should live, and what it should do. As a result, the community, which is now thriving online, is deeper and more diverse than it has ever been. How thrilling to see illustration cross-pollinating with journalism, comics, design, art, animation, and other disciplines that barely have names yet.”
Artists featured in the exhibition include Pablo Amargo, Orit Bergman, Serge Bloch, Julianna Brion, Nigel Buchanan, Marc Burckhardt, Harry Campbell, Jun Cen, Joe Ciardiello, Josh Cochran, John Cuneo, Nicolas Delort, Peter Diamond, John S. Dykes, Jensine Eckwall, Gianluca Foli, Michael Glenwood Gibbs, Robert Hunt, Ricardo Liniers, Jeffrey Alan Love, John Martz, Simone Massoni, Bill Mayer, Roman Muradov, Keith Negley, Victo Ngai, Tran Nguyen, Lisa Perrin, David Plunkert, Richie Pope, Jon Reinfurt, Cun Shi, Yuko Shimizu, Dadu Shin, Mark Smith, Brian Stauffer, Jean Tuttle, Pieter Van Eenoge, Klaas Verplancke and Armando Veve.
Rust Hall’s Main Gallery is open Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; and Sunday noon–4 p.m. Exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information, visitmca.edu.
Photo: Robert Hunt, “Medusa”, oil (print)