From Ralph McQuarrie and the original Star Wars trilogy to H. R. Giger and Alien, from Mary Blair and Alice in Wonderland to Eyvind Earle and Sleeping Beauty, concept art and concept artists are a defining part of the modern entertainment experience. Beginning this September, a new industry award will celebrate their role throughout the world of movies, television, video games and more. On September 7th, the Concept Art Association will host its first annual award show: The Concept Art Awards, presented by LightBox Expo, in Pasadena, CA.
In recent years, with the increased use of CGI in live action and animation, the ability to create highly rendered finished pieces of art quickly have made concept art and artists valuable assets, yet this large group of unsung heroes are rarely recognized. During the event, artists will be honored for their artistic excellence in Live Action for film and broadcast, Animation for film and broadcast, Games (both mobile and PC/console), Original Concepts/Independent, Student Work, and Fan Art, along with a Lifetime Achievement Award and a LightBox Community Icon Award.
Entry to The Concept Art Awards is free with either a 3-Day or Saturday pass to LightBox Expo, a celebration of the visual arts in Pasadena, CA. LightBox Expo (or LBX) will be a multi-faceted experience for everyone from aspiring artists and students, to professionals and fans, with a focus on animation, illustration and concept art.
The Concept Art Association was created with the mission of elevating and raising the profile of concept artists, their art and their involvement in various entertainment industries. It was founded by concept artist and Head of Visual Development at Marvel Studios, Ryan Meinerding; Talent Manager Rachel Meinerding; and producer and co-founder of the BRIC Foundation, Nicole Hendrix.
The 2019 Concept Art Awards Presented by LightBox Expo will be an artist-submitted awards process, with the artwork first going through a peer voting phase to determine the finalists, and then onto a juried judging process where a winner will be selected. Judges include Marvel Studios’ Ryan Meinerding, Gnomon + Gnomon Workshop Founder Alex Alvarez, Weta Workshop’s Krystal Sae Eua, Ubisoft’s Donglu Yu and Vitaly Bulgarov, with more exciting judges to be announced soon.