Saturday, March 21, 2009

And the winners are........

What a fun evening last night was! I attended the opening reception of "Reflections" at the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts and had a wonderful time mingling with fellow illustrators and poets and perusing the beautiful work that was juried into the show. "Reflections" was a two year long competition between the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts and the "Minnesota Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)". It started with a poetry competition last year that produced 5 wonderful poems that turned into this years illustration competition to illustrate them. I was fortunate enough to have been juried into the show and as you will see below, a little more excitement came at the opening. Here are some shots from the show

This is the piece of mine that was juried into the show for the poem "Two-Wheeler" by Jane Thomas Noland


So onto some really exciting news, the awards. The awards for the show included three honorable mentions, three first place for each category and an overall Best of Show. With that I was so proud to see my fellow friends and illustrators Nina Crittenden and Barb Bjornson receive honorable mentions for their pieces. In Nina's case, it really shows how much of a great track she is on to becoming an up and coming illustrator in the children's market. Way to go both of you. Your pieces were wonderful. And then just when I thought the evening was done, there was one more award that blew me away. Having looked at all of the wonderful illustrations in the show, I would have never expected to have walked away with the Best of Show! What an honor it was to receive this award from a panel of very esteemed judges! I recommend that if you are near the downtown Minneapolis area before May 3 to check out this amazing show. The details for the MCBA are below.

March 20, 2009 thru May 3, 2009

1011 Washington Ave South
MInneapolis, MN 55415


Nina Crittenden said...

Shawn, you are too kind. Your work is stellar, I am so happy for you. Your painting is amazing, and your work is stellar. So glad you took Best in Show- you deserve it!

Shawn McCann said...

Thanks NIna. Your success is much deserved as well!

Janvangogh said...

Congratulations Shawn. Your piece is really fun. I can see why it was the winner.

Shawn McCann said...

Thanks Janet! There were many wonderful illustrations that were equally deserving