Wednesday, February 15, 2012

MicroVisions 7 Contributors Announced

-Irene Gallo

MicroVisions 7 has begun and it’s a stellar line up.

For those new to the event, each year Greg Manchess, Dan Dos Santos, and I ask a dozen artists to create a 5x7 painting of their choosing. These miniatures are exhibited at the Society of Illustrators and then placed on auction, with all proceeds going to the Society’s Student Scholarship Fund. This year’s contributors are:
Scott Bakal
Julie Bell
Scott Brundage
Brian Despain
Nathan Fowkes
Rebecca Guay
Scott Gustafson
John Picacio
Dan Dos Santos
Peter de Seve
Chris Rahn
Terryl Whitlatch
The exhibit will run in May, with the auction taking place late in the month. We will post details as the event draws near.

The Society scholarships are among the illustration industry’s toughest awards. This year, over 8,000 entries were examined by 25 judges. Just over 200 students will be accepted into the exhibit, about half of them will earn cash awards. Not only do these awards help subsidize students financially, they also go a long way to boost the confidence of young artists (and their nervous parents) by proving their voices stand out amongst thousands of others. It’s never long before you start seeing the winners on their way to becoming the field’s biggest names. John Jude Palencar, James Jean, Tomer Hanuka, Dan Dos Santos, and many others have become noted illustrators since the Scholarship’s inception in 1981.

Once again, I would like to thank the artists involved for heir generosity. The illustration community is incredibly supportive. Not every profession would donate time and energy to support their future competition.


  1. It's a great cause, the students are appreciative, and the artists always rise to the challenge and produce remarkable little gems. I'm tempted by too many pieces each year and actively bid--and have lost every auction. Maybe THIS time I'll be lucky!

    1. Same here. Secretly, Irene and I do this whole thing just so we can buy affordable art from our favorite artists! I always bid, but have only been successful once thus far. Picked up a sweet little Bruce Jensen piece that still remains one of my favorites.

  2. Hardest thing in my life saying no to this this year. I promised to be on the list next year again. The last time it was really a great experience for a great cause and I met some wonderful people because of it. Hope you make a million. With this incredible list I feel bad all over again.

  3. Is there an online gallery? Thanks. ~Gary

    1. We will post them all online once the paintings are completed.

  4. A Terryl Whitlatch miniature auctioned off in May... late May... after SPECTRUM Live!... when I'll be broke.

    Happy, but broke. :-)


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