Illustration Students Accepted into National Competition

News Story: January 1, 2012

Seven illustration students from Sacred Heart University’s Department of Graphic Design & Visual Arts recently had their artwork accepted into the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles (SILA) nationally juried West 50 competition. The honorees are Amanda Wenger of Fairfield, Conn., Bruna Zavan of Trumbull, Conn., Jessica Geraghty of Baldwin, New York, Kathryn Connolly of Rockville Center, New York, Maria Damianou of Monroe, Conn., Michelle Navarro of Piscataway, New Jersey and Rachel Fogarty of Stratford, Conn.

SILA was founded in 1953 by a handful of advertising artists and designers in southern California, primarily to promote the professional status of illustration art as well as foster both philanthropic and educational goals. Last year’s competition, SILA West 49, received over 2,000 entries nationally.  Mediums submitted range from colored pencil to graphite and watercolor to oils.

“I am extremely proud of their respective accomplishments in such a prestigious juried competition,” said Associate Professor of Illustration Jack De Graffenried. “They are going up against larger universities and art colleges and are standing toe-to-toe with them.”

SHU students also have been featured in other art competitions including the John Slade Ely House 2010 Exhibition of Undergraduate College Artwork in Connecticut, Strathmore Papers: Limited Edition Illustration Contest and Graphis.

‌‌Seven students illustrations accepted into National Competition

From top left clockwise are George Harrison by Rachel Fogarty, Trapped by Maria Damianou, Improbable Possibilities by Amanda Wenger, Farewell by Bruna Zavan, Trombone Blues by Michelle Navarro, Distorted Reflections by Jessica Geraghty and Julia by Kathryn Connolly.