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Illustrator’s Conference Portfolio Showcase

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Portfolio Showcase

The Portfolio Showcase offers illustrators a chance to display their work to faculty and conference attendees. Portfolios will be on display throughout the conference on March 7, and open for viewing by all conference attendees and faculty. Portfolios in the Showcase are eligible for awards, the winners of which will be announced at the end of the day.

To be included in the Portfolio Showcase, you must sign up for it when you register for the conference. There is a $10 fee. When you sign up, you are automatically entered into the judging for the Showcase winners. If you do NOT want to be included in the judging,  but still want to sign up for the Showcase please email Manelle Oliphant (illustration(at)manelleoliphant(dot)com) and she will remove you from the contest.

Brooke Smart, our visiting faculty will select the Grand Prize Winner and two Honors Winners. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $200 as payment to illustrate the poster for next year’s illustrator conference. The two Honors Winners will receive gift certificates to an art supply store.

Portfolio Guidelines

SIZE – No wider than 29″ or taller than 12″ when opened (interior page sizes from 8”x10”-11″x14”.)

PORTFOLIO DROP-OFF – 8:30-9 AM on the morning of the conference. Participants should pick up their portfolios at the end of the day. 

LABELED – Make sure your name is located inside your portfolio.

FORMAT – Portfolios should be a standard format, which can lay flat on the display table. For liability reasons, no electronic portfolios, such as iPads, will be allowed as part of the showcase. If you only bring an electronic portfolio, it will not be displayed and your reservation fee will not be refunded.

CONTENT – The portfolio should contain no more than 10-15 representational pieces of your BEST artwork and any dummies or sketchbooks that you may wish to show.

DUMMY BOOK – If you are bringing a book dummy, remember to attach it to your portfolio (a long piece of string or twine is a common solution).

PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS – Any promotional postcards OR business cards will be placed alongside the illustrator’s portfolio. For space reasons, nothing beyond a portfolio and postcards (or business cards) will be allowed in the Showcase.

NO PUBLISHED BOOKS – For space reasons, please do not bring copies of published books to display in the Showcase. If you want to include published work, put the artwork in your portfolio.

NO ORIGINAL ARTWORK – Remember NO ORIGINAL ARTWORK should be included in your portfolio. Have high-quality color copies of your art in your portfolio instead.

QUESTIONS? – If you have additional questions about the Portfolio Showcase, please email Manelle Oliphant (illustration(at)manelleoliphant(dot)com)