NEW YORK, NY (February, 2014)—The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce that Gregory Benton, Tracy Hurren, Chip Kidd, Chris Pitzer and James Sturm will form the jury for the MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence. These awards will recognize the most outstanding work on view at the…

Very excited to share this stellar list of jury members for this year’s MoCCA Fest Awards of Excellence! 

A New Acquisition!

The Society is excited to share with you our latest acquisition to the Permanent Collection.  This beautiful Howard Chandler Christy was purchased at the Bonham’s auction.

Like Charles Dana Gibson’s “Gibson Girl”, Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1952) is most recognized for his “Christy Girl”, as seen above.  These ladies were featured in advertisements, stories, and editorial works for magazines and newspapers, and became the ideal beauty of the late 19th and early 20th century.  They were aristocratic and dainty with slim waists, delicate features, and flowing hair.  During the Spanish-American War, the “Christy Girl” was used in patriotic posters and helped Christy become a major celebrity of the time.  

This piece is titled “Late Night Conversation” and was finished in 1923.  The caption reads “two Christy Girls, one in deshabille and one just returned home on the arm of a man.” It was possibly commissioned for a double-page magazine illustration.  The piece is charcoal on illustration board.

Howard Chandler Christy became a Member of the Society of Illustrators on January 8th, 1915.  He was elected to the Society’s Hall of Fame in 1980.  To learn more about this artist click here.  

SI partners with #GivingTuesday to raise $5k for our Drawing Academy

What is the Drawing Academy?  

With increasing cuts to art programs, the Society began the Drawing Academy several years ago to allow young students the chance to learn about and create illustrations, comic and cartoon art.  

Today we are asking you to help us raise $5000 for the program so we can fund twenty at-risk youth ages 9-13 from the most vulnerable neighborhoods in New York City. 

Each student will receive art supplies and will engage with a teaching artist at the Society.  Past teachers have included Leslie Cober-Gentry, John Cuneo, Bil Donovan, Jeff Fisher, Stephen Gardner, Victor Juhasz, Ed Murr, George O’Connor, MK Reed, Edel Rodriguez (pictured below), Dave Roman, Ellen Weinstein, and Mark Zeimann, to name a few. They integrate their illustration and comic expertise with the NYS Learning Standards in the Visual Arts to provide students with holistic outcomes-based curriculum.

We also provide nutritious lunches in our amazing third floor Dining Hall!

How You Can Help

Community involvement and support are vital to ensuring that the camp continues.  The Society is partnering with the global #GivingTuesday campaign to raise $5k on December 3rd (today!).  Our goal is to subsidize the costs of serving 20 at-risk youth in our 2014 Winter/Spring Drawing Academies.

Please help us make the Academy possible by making a tax deductible donation today!  Donate online now! 

Help us raise money for our Permanent Collection Acquisition Fund!

The Society has set up an online auction through Paddle8.  All proceeds benefit the acquisition fund of the Museum.  

Visit now to bid on your favorite pieces including this one by Milton Glaser titled Metamorphic Flowers, 1990.  

or this one by Paula Scher titled Silent Night, 1988.

or even this one by Maurice Sendak titled Mother Goose, 1990!

And for those who are interested, UPPERCASE Magazine has created a fantastic sneak peek of our Permanent Collection.  Thank you to Janine Vangool for her help with judging the Illustrators 56 competition and creating this great video

New Acquisition at the Society of Illustrators



R. Robert Pollak donates 16 original illustrations to the Museum’s Permanent Collection

Sunday pages of Mary Perkins, On Stage (1975) and Annie (1983) by Leonard Starr; Flash Gordon by Dan Barry (1976); Star Trek by Ron Harris (1981); Buck Rogers in the 25th Century by Jack Sparling (1983); Tarzan: the Beckoning by Thomas Yeates (1993); Dale Messick cut-outs (1947-50); Brick Bradford by Paul Norris (1966); Reg’lar Fellers (1924) by Gene Byrnes; Burne Hogarth artist proof for one of the King Arthur Series and 3 fashion illustrations by Denise Dupré (c. 1973-1978).

R. Robert Pollak, an avid collector of original comic artwork, is a graduate of Pratt Institute, drawing illustrations with a cartoon flare since the mid-1970s. Many of his pen-and-ink illustrations have appeared in an assortment of publications over the years including The Soho Weekly News and Saks Fifth Avenue, to more recently The Shawangunk Journal, The Ellenville Public Library/Museum, and Historic Green-Wood Cemetery. With assistance from John Sterling Lucas, Pollak started the Katy Keene Fan Club page on Facebook, which he administered and created art for from 2009-2011. Over the last three years Pollak has drawn pin-ups and short stories for Red Stylo Media’s Shakespeare Shaken and Frankenstein Anthology graphic novels. He also illustrates a seasonal comic strip titled Ellen’s Adventures at the Shadowland for an upstate NY newspaper.

Introducing a brand new look to our Museum Shop!

The Society is proud to announce a new look to the Museum Shop located in the main floor. Visitors are now able to view a larger selection of merchandise specializing in illustration, animation, comic and cartoon art. The Museum Shop includes a wide array of collectibles including limited edition posters, postcards, and gifts featuring artwork from our Permanent Collection and notable Members of the Society of Illustrators.  

To view our online Museum Shop click here.  

The Society donates children’s books

Each year the Society of Illustrators hosts The Original Art, a juried competition to find the year’s best children’s books.  We receive hundreds of submissions from publishers and artists from around the country, and only about 120 are accepted into the show.  The remaining books are then distributed to different charities and programs in New York City.

This past week, the Society dropped off boxes of these books to three different wonderful programs: New Alternatives, The Ink Well Foundation, and Harlem Link Charter School.  Here is a little bit about them and the amazing work they are doing:

New Alternatives for Children: NAC’s mission is to provide high quality services in support of birth, foster, and adoptive families caring primarily for medically fragile children.  Working primarily with children whose birth families live in poverty, NAC’s continuum of services ensures that children’s physical, social, educational, recreational, medical and mental healthcare needs are met.

The Ink Well Foundation: A group of professional animators, illustrators, and cartoonists who draw with children facing illness.  They regularly visit hospitals and health care centers such as Mount Sinai, St. Mary’s, Bellevue, Gilda’s Club and the Ronald McDonald Houses.

Harlem Link Charter School: Harlem Link is a 5-K public charter school that has offered a high quality education choice to families in Harlem since 2005.  

Henry Patrick Raleigh (1880-1944) was one of the most prolific illustrators of all time.  His works appeared in numerous publications including San Francisco ExaminerJournalNew York World, and The Saturday Evening Post.  He became famous for his illustrations of high society which appeared in a series of Maxwell House Coffee advertisements, and was a star among his peers during the Golden Age of American Illustration (1900-1930).  Among his many awards were the Shaw Prize for Illustration at the Salmagundi Club in 1916 and the Gold Medal for Advertising Art in America in 1926.  He was elected to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1982.


On display in the Third Floor Hall of Fame Gallery through August 17th. Happy Hour and Opening Reception June 25th 6PM.

Behind the Scenes: Hanging Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work

It’s been a busy few days here at the Society! Installing original work by Maurice Sendak is every illustration lover’s dream. Here’s what we’ve been up to…

imageSetting up to hang more work.

imageCurator Dennis Davis (back) and Stephen Kroninger.

imageFrom left to right: President Dennis Dittrich, Permanent Collection Manager Eric Fowler, and Executive Director Anelle Miller.


imagePlay props created by Maurice Sendak.


imageCow sculpture (back and front) by Maurice Sendak. Moo.

imageEric Fowler and Dennis Dittrich hanging framed sketches.

imageStephen Kroninger keeping it straight.

imageJohn Cuneo in spirit via Eric’s shirt.


The dream team.

imageEric Fowler and Illustrator Victor Juhasz hard at work…

Join us at the opening reception for this Maurice Sendak Exhibition on Friday, June 14th at 7:00pm. The exhibition will run in our main gallery space from June 11th until August 17th. Find out more about the exhibition on our website.

Other Related Events
Wild Things and Other Taboos, lecture on the revolutionary work of Maurice Sendak, June 19th 2013 from 7:00pm - 9:00 pm at the Society of Illustrators. To reserve tickets, please visit our website.

On Maurice Sendak , a lecture presented at the 92nd Street Y in Tribeca on July 16th at 7:00pm. Visit the 92Y Tribeca website for more information.

This past Thursday, the Society hosted an extraordinary evening of drawing inspired by the magical creations of Costume Designer, Andy Toad Jordan.  His costumery transformed the models into ingenious reinterpretations of various mythological characters and creatures. In combination with dynamic lighting and athletic poses, Toad’s imaginative inventions provided an inspiring night for all.

Announcing the 2013 Hall of Fame Honorees

Since 1958, the Society of Illustrators has elected to its Hall of Fame artists recognized for their “distinguished achievement in the art of illustration.” Artists are elected by former presidents of the Society and are chosen based on their body of work and the impact it has made on the field of illustration.This year’s honorees include contemporary illustrators Ted CoConis, Sandy Kossin, and Murray Tinkelman as well as posthumous honorees George Herriman, Charles M. Schulz, and Arthur Rackham. 

Ted CoConis  (b. 1927) 


Ted CoConis has had a prolific painting and drawing career for over 65 years.  After launching his career in New York at Chaite Studio, CoConis went on to pursue a highly successful freelance career. He became widely recognized for his iconic movie posters (including “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Man of La Mancha”, “Hair”, and “Dorian Gray”), as well as record albums, travel campaigns, books covers, and story illustrations. Ted’s paintings have appeared in many publications such as Cosmopolitan, Playboy, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Good Housekeeping. He has won numerous awards from the Society of Illustrators, The Art Directors Clubs of New York and Los Angeles, and other associations. CoConis currently divides his time working with his wife Kristen in Paris, the Gulf Coast of Florida and the bold coast of Maine.    

Sandy Kossin (b. 1926)


Born in Los Angeles, CA, Sanford Kossin’s career began after he moved to New York in 1952. His work first appeared in science fiction and children’s magazines. Many of his finest illustrations have been reproduced in notable publications such as The SaturdayEvening PostGood Housekeeping, Redbook, Boy’s Life, Reader’s Digest, and he has been interviewed by American Artist andIllustration Magazine. Kossin’s most important and iconic work can be found in his series of illustrations for Life magazine covering the Bay of Pigs invasion. In it, Kossin covered the entire tragedy from the initial landing to final overwhelming defeat, and showed the public the effects of war in ways that a camera could not.  

Murray Tinkelman (b. 1933) 


Murray Tinkelman’s long career is shown in his impressive body of work. After leaving the prestigious Charles E. Cooper Studio in 1964, Tinkelman’s work began appearing in notable publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, New York Times, Playboy, Boy’s Life, The Ladies’ Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, American Heritage, Family Circle, and Field and Stream. He has done countless children’s books as well as a number of fantasy book covers.  He was commissioned by the National Park Service to document National Parks and Monuments and by the U.S. Air Force to be an artist-reporter on specific missions. In 1994 he had a one-man show of his baseball art at The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Tinkelman’s impact on the illustration community is also felt by his passion for teaching.   He has taught at Parsons School of Design, Syracuse University, and currently serves as the Director of the Low Residency MFA in Illustration Program at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford.  He is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris University.  

George Herriman (1880 - 1944)

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"George Herriman is our greatest living cartoonist except that he isn’t living and was much more than a cartoonist. Herriman was born in 1880 and physically passed in 1944.  He will live forever in Krazy Kat. As for the cartoonist part, some of my best friends are such and there isn’t a thing wrong with that. But George Herriman’s Krazy Kat was only part comic cartoon. Krazy Kat, Ignatz Mouse and Officer Pupp were also part fine art and part, as the say, sheer poetry. This triumvirate of characters and disciplines were greater, much greater,  than the whole.  The innovative layouts, the southwestern desert-hued color pages, the gentleness, and the sure-yet-scratchy art that came from Herriman’s pen, his hand, his mind are unequaled. Krazy Kat was/is the most stupendous comic strip of all and maybe the world’s highest work of art. George Herriman was there in the beginning of comics and his work will forever go beyond the end, wonderously celebrating the pains and pleasure of life and love.” - Craig Yoe     

Charles M. Schulz (1922 - 2000)


Beloved cartoonist and creator of the original Peanuts comic strip, Charles M. Schulz began drawing at an early age. After serving in the United States Army during WWII, Schulz was determined to realize his passion of becoming a professional cartoonist. He began his career selling intermittent one-panel cartoons to The SaturdayEvening Post and enjoyed a three-year run of his weekly panel comic Li’l Folks in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The first Peanuts strip appeared on October 2, 1950, in seven newspapers nationwide.  Although being a professional cartoonist was Schulz’s life-long dream, at 27-years old, he never could have foreseen the longevity and global impact of his seemingly-simple four-panel creation. When Schulz announced his retirement in December 1999, the Peanuts comic strip was syndicated in over 2,600 newspapers worldwide, with book collections translated in over 25 languages. He has been awarded with the highest honors from his fellow cartoonists, received Emmy Awards for his animated specials, been recognized and lauded by the U.S. and foreign governments, had NASA spacecraft named after his characters, and inspired a concert performance at Carnegie Hall.  And still today, the Peanuts Gang continues to entertain and inspire the young and the young at heart.

Arthur Rackham (1867 - 1939)


One of the greatest of British early twentieth-century illustrators, Rackham invented a new graphic language to depict gnarled trees, dark forests and the fairy and goblin creatures that lived in them. Beyond these imaginative subjects from the tales of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Andersen, Rackham transformed our enjoyment of such classics as Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows. His pen-work is always lively, rapid and assured, and his use of silhouette, colour and pattern has a subtlety that reflects maturity and circumspection. His influence, through the worldwide spread of the books he illustrated, was seen in theatre and film design during his lifetime and beyond, and in advertising and in book illustration of more recent generations.

Road Trip

Yesterday, our Permanent Collection team Richard Berenson and Eric Fowler along with Sheila Shapira hit the road to visit Olga Steckler (nee Bogach), a 92 year old former model now living in a retirement center in Hamden, CT. Olga posed for many famous illustrators, artists and photographers including Rolf Armstrong, Bradshaw Crandell, Philip Halsman and Salvador Dali. Their mission was to photograph Olga with a Brad Crandell painting that the Society purchased for the Permanent Collection several years ago. The illustration was used as endpapers for the 1952 Dutch Treat Annual and included the names, phone numbers, and commentary about many Society of Illustrators and Dutch Treat Club members. As you can see, Olga still has the same great smile that was her trademark as a model.

Olga also shared a story about posing for the 1951 Philippe Halsman/Salvador Dali photo (In Voluptas Mors) of a skull composed with living models. In the photo, Olga is the skull’s left cheek and, apparently, the model draped across the top, after a very long day of waiting for Dali and Halsman to approve the setup announced that she had to go to the bathroom. Dali insisted that she not break the pose and, offering her a receptacle told her to do her business where she was. Unfortunately, the model also needed a magazine to “move” things along, but accomplished her mission and the photo could then be taken.

Society road trips always seem to be an adventure!