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Bright US at the SOI Original Art 2018

last updated 12 November 2018

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All of the Bright artists’ picture books featured at the show.


Each November, the best and brightest (no pun intended) in children’s publishing gather at the Society of Illustrators on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to celebrate their shared passion for picture book illustration. The SOI’s Original Art show is unique in its presentation of picture book art in a gallery setting; the process of illlustrating a book is often a very solitary one for artists, making it all the more exciting to gather, socialize, and admire the work on the walls as a community.

For more on the importance of the SOI and the Original Art show, see our Bright blog post on the subject here.

This year was a particularly exciting one for Bright at the SOI. Nine of our artists were featured (a personal best), including Luisa Uribe, who was awarded the Dilys Evans Founders Award for The Vast Wonder of the World (Lerner Books). Named after The Original Art founder, this prestigious award celebrates the most promising new talent in children’s book illustration and is selected by a jury of established luminaries in the world of children’s publishing. Luisa and her husband traveled from Colombia to accept her prize, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her there in person.


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Luisa receiving the Founders Award for The Vast Wonder of the World, left.

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Left: Agent Anne Moore Armstrong with Jen Hill’s artwork from the New York Times Bestseller Be Kind, published by Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan). Right: David Litchfield’s artwork from When Paul Met Artie, published by Candlewick Press.


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from Kate, Who Tamed the Wind , illustrated by Lee White, published by Schwartz & Wade. Fur, Feather, Fin: All Of Us Are Kin illustrated by Stephanie Laberis, published by Simon & Schuster.


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Benji Davies’ artwork from Come Home Already! & Fiona Woodcock’s artwork from LOOK, both published by HarperCollins.

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Richard Jones’ artwork from Whale in a Fishbowl, published by Schwartz & Wade.

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Galia Bernstein’s artwork from I Am A Cat, published by Abrams.


Our warmest congratulations to all of the artists and publishers featured in the show this year! If you missed the opening reception, the Original Art show will be available for viewing at the SOI through January 5th, 2019. More information can be found on the Society’s website here.


Want to see more from the opening reception? Take a look at the posts tagged #TheOA2018 on Twitter and Instagram.

If you are interested in working with any of the artists featured above, please get in touch with us by email.

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