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Guest Entry: Emmanuel Tavares at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair


Please enjoy this guest entry from Parsons Illustration senior Emmanuel Tavares, who accompanied our chair, Steven Guarnaccia to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair from March 23rd to Thursday 26th.

Man, do my feet hurt. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair did this to me. It also introduced me to a ton of publishers, directors, artists, and books that i had no idea even existed. The fair is one of the largest children‘s book fairs in the world. It has been held annually in Bologna, Italy for 46 years. After taking Pat Cummings’ Children’s Book class I thought I had an idea of what to expect, and I sort of did. There was just so much more of it. There were hundreds of booths, samples, framed pieces, and words I could not understand. Fortunately we deal with images and the amazing artwork more than bridged the language gap. There were publishers from everywhere including India, Jamaica, Portugal, New Zealand,  Israel, Sri Lanka, Finland, and Australia ( I never understood why a continent would be listed as a country). In all there were 1,300 exhibitors from 69 countries.

Prior to my trip I was put in touch with Marcella Terrusi, the moderator for the week long forum of scheduled discussions at the fair called the “Illustrator’s Café”. Between here advice and Steven’s introducing me to some of his friends in the publishing world there I was able to meet and speak with many publishers who my personal work would pair well with. This was a great opportunity to get insight on what the decision makers in the children’s book publishing world are thinking about when looking at an artist’s work.

I was also asked to speak at the Illustrator’s Café on a panel discussion about Illustrator Blogs. It was a great honor to be on a panel with illustrators Pablo Auladell and Anna Castagnoli and to represent Parsons to such a diverse group of professionals.

The fair was an amazing opportunity to make very important contacts that I was able to take advantage of. The response to my panel discussion was also very reassuring as there were even a few of the audience members from New York who later spoke with me about later contact. I look forward to maintaining contact with the people I’ve met during my trip. And so I’m off to complete a long list of e-mails!



Here is a gallery of images that Emmanuel collected during his visit.  Also make sure to pop over to his website and his blog for more about Emmanuel’s life, art, and career.

Thanks for the recap, E!

After the Fact: ICON5 & Xerox project

As a sponsor of ICON5, held July 2 – 5 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York, Xerox Corporation worked in partnership with ICON5 to produce a deck of cards as a commemorative gift for the more than 400 illustrators who attended. ICON5 organizers arranged for top students from three New York design schools – the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons The New School for Design and the School of Visual Arts – and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, to contribute original illustrations and designs by 52 students.

“As illustrators, we don’t go to an office every day, so ICON5 is a great opportunity to be around people who do what we do, to talk about trends and issues and to get re-inspired,” said Whitney Sherman, president of ICON5 and chair of the Illustration Department, Maryland Institute College of Art. “It’s important for ICON5 to use projects like the deck of cards to engage our future attendees. And for the students, it’s a great opportunity to get exposure to a few hundred of the world’s top illustrators, designers and others who can influence their careers.”

She added: “From an academic perspective, the project fits well with contemporary educational models of  blending creativity and professional development. It gave students creative freedom and realistic deadlines.”

To develop the cards, each school was assigned one suit – clubs (FIT), diamonds (MICA), hearts (Parsons) and spades (SVA) – and the school’s chairpersons or deans overseeing illustration programs selected 13 students to provide card designs.

Congratulations and thanks to all of the students involved in this unique project: Cat Lauigan, Arlette Espaillat, Emmanuel Tavares, Nick Gannon, Lindsay Podd, Jesse Tise, WoonHye Bae, Christine Young, Sae-am Lee, Jasmine Wigandt, Roxanna Vizcarra, Toby Liebowitz, and Lindsey Balbierz.

[photo of Jasmine Wigandt with her contribution to the deck]

Recent Accomplishments: Illustration Students Shoot for the Moon

Congratulations to Parsons Illustration Students!

*Emmanuel Tavares and Nicholas J. Gannon were accepted to
the Society of Illustrators Student Competition.

*Sae-am Lee will have two illustrations published
in the upcoming American Illustration 27th Annual.

[images t-b: Emmanuel Tavares, Sae-am Lee]