Awards of Excellence Winners
On display in the MoCCA Gallery at the Society of Illustrators
May 21 – July 6, 2013
New York, NY (May 14, 2013)–The Society of Illustrators is proud to present the inaugural MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence exhibition. This award recognizes the most outstanding work on view at the MoCCA Arts Festival which took place April 6 – 7, 2013. This year’s winners include Gregory Benton (B+F), Kim Ku (Ghost Hotel), Jane Mai (Sunday in the Park with Boys), Nick Offerman (Revenant), Kenan Rubenstein (Last Train to Old Town), Andrea Tsurumi (Andrew Jackson Throws a Punch), and Honorable Mention to Simon Arizpe (OHaBEAR). Work from these winning artists will be on display in the second floor MoCCA gallery at the Society of Illustrators from May 21 – July 6, 2013.
MoCCA Arts Festival Awards Winners were chosen by a jury of professionals in the comic book industry including Karen Berger, Gary Groth, Nora Krug, David Mazzucchelli, and Paul Pope. All materials chosen in the jury’s initial survey were acquired by ColumbiaUniversity’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library for a newly-established MoCCA Arts Festival collection, to be expanded annually.
A Happy Hour and Opening Reception for the exhibit will take place on May 22nd from 6:00 – 10:00pm at the Society of Illustrators.
Gregory Benton has been doing comix and illustration since 1993.
His book B+F will be expanded to 64 pages and released in a combined American/European edition to be published in the fall of 2013.
Kim Ku is a designer-illustrator born and raised in Queens, New York.
She received her BA in Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania and has since become a regular in silkscreen classes at SVA. With her free time, she draws monsters and ghostly things.
Ghost Hotel is a 6 page, 4 color, screenprinted accordian book. It is currently for sale in the Society of Illustrators Museum Shop for $20.
Jane Mai was born in New York City in 1989 and has lived in Brooklyn all her life, but sometimes she kicks around in Guangzhou, China. She has a dog named Stinky and a cat farm in her backyard. T.I. held her hand on December 17th, 2012 and it was really, really magical.
Sunday in the Park with Boys was published by Koyama Press, November 2012.
Nick Offerman is a cartoonist from New Jersey. He graduated from SVA in 2011. His comic work includes Seventy, Never Sixty-Five, Revenant, Leftovers, Venn Diagrams, and his web-comic Sweatshirt Weather. All of his comics and other stuff can be seen at www.sweatshirtweathercomics.tumblr.com.
Revenant will be on sale for $5 in the Society of Illustrators Museum Shop during the exhibit.
Kenan’s ongoing print/web comic Last Train to Old Town employs sprawling compositions and limited color palettes to tell the story of four high school kids who discover the strange history of their sleepy suburban town. For The Oubliette, his series of small, unfolding autobiographical vignettes, he created the “foldy comic” format, which has since been widely adopted as an exercise by comics educators. He lives and draws in the (relatively) sleepy Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint, where he subsidizes his art habit fashioning websites for creative professionals, small businesses, and non-profits.
Andrea Tsurumi is a New York based illustrator and cartoonist. Originally from New York, she moved back here after graduating with an English degree from Harvard in 2007. In 2013, she graduated from SVA’s Illustration MFA program. Andrew Jackson Throws a Punch was part of her thesis project, which she worked on with advisor Nick Bertozzi and teacher David Sandlin. You can see her work at: andreatsurumi.com
Andrew Jackson Throws a Punch will be on sale in the Society of Illustrators Museum Shop during the exhibit.
Originally from Tucson, Simon Arizpe is an illustrator and pop-up book maker living and working in New York. He worked as designer on Matthew Reinhart’s Star Wars: a pop-up guide to the galaxy and most recently on Robert Sabuda’s The Little Mermaid. Simon is a founding member of the American Design Club. He has just finished The Creature Alphabet – an animal alphabet book.
OHaBEAR will be on sale in the Society of Illustrators Museum Shop during the exhibit.