Alberta Illustration Awards

My friends Mike Kerr and Renata Liwska have created the "Alberta Illustration Awards" and will be hosting an exhibition in their gallery, RandM Collective. It opens this Thursday, September 26 from 5-8pm on the lower level of Art Central. They are organizing a series of illustration events over the next month and UPPERCASE will be involved in a few as well. Stay tuned for details.

Carolyn Fisher

Mike writes:

"Alberta is well known for its western heritage, natural beauty, and the energy industry. But what about art? Albertans would be surprised by the success and influence its illustrators and designers have in Canada and beyond.

Kim Smith

This fall we will be showcasing current and former Alberta illustrators and their work through a series of exhibits, discussions, and workshops. It begins with an exhibition of work titled Elevating Alberta opening Thursday September 26, 2013 from 5-8pm at our studio RandM Collective.

Michael Mateyko and Hans Thiessen

Discussions and workshops will occur at various venues around Calgary from September 26 until the end of November with a focus on subjects such as illustrating for publishing, education, and new media. For information on locations and events visit

Laura Bifano

Over 40 artists will be involved and include illustrators from a wide range of genres including magazines, books, comicbooks, videogames, fashion, design, and advertising: Lincoln Agnew, Joy Ang, Tom Bagley, Raymond Biesinger, Laura Bifano, Jason Blower, Tivadar Bote, Scott Carmichael, Byron Eggenschwiler, Carolyn Fisher, Brian Ford, Doug Fraser, Mark Gerviais, Shane Hawco, Jacqueline Hudon-Verrelli, Brennan Kelly, Jenn Kitagawa, Karen Klassen, Scott Kowalchuk, Jacqui Lee, Renata Liwska, Matt Luckhurst, Geoff McFetridge, Michael Mateyko + Hans Theissen, Kyle Metcalf, Sandra Mills, Sandy Nichols, Claire Ouchi, Guy Parsons, Thomas Porostocky, Pablo Puentes, Rick Sealock, Genevieve Simms, Kim Smith, Fiona Staples, Kelly Sutherland, Jillian Tamaki, Lauren Tamaki, Danae Thompson, Janine Vangool, Sam Weber, Dave Whamond and Brad Yeo."

Byron Eggenschwiler

I am happy to say that I have worked with each of the illustrators whose work is shown above, either showing their work in my former gallery, featuring them in the pages of UPPERCASE magazine or a past edition of Work/Life or commissioning original illustrations for the magazine.