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Four Art Students Accepted to Los Angeles Illustration Society Exhibits

Their works will be displayed in LA and online

From left is artwork by students Hailey Hastings, Anna Leone, Alison Riback and Sarah Shamatovich.

The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles (SILA) has accepted the works of four Sacred Heart University art and design students for inclusion in two exhibits, SILA West 56 Gallery Exhibit and SILA West 56 Online Exhibit.

Hailey Hastings ’18 created a watercolor painting of the late President John F. Kennedy sitting in his reading chair. Anna Leone ’18 drew a headshot of the late actor Robin Williams. Alison Riback ’19 depicted the character Walter White from the hit TV series Breaking Bad, while the drawing by Sarah Shamatovich ‘19 portrayed Sum 41 lead singer Deryck Whibley. Leone, Riback and Shamatovich used graphite for their artworks

Sacred Heart students submitted their artwork to SILA’s 56th Annual Illustration Competition, a national juried contest, earlier this year. More than 1,000 student entries were submitted nationwide, but only 100 were accepted for the West 56 exhibits.

“The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, as well as the Society of Illustrators of New York are the two most prestigious illustration competitions in the country,” said Jack de Graffenried, associate professor of art and design at SHU. “Since 2004, my illustration students have had 58 acceptances into these two separate competitions. We would like to congratulate our four winners for their effort, creativity and masterful pieces of artwork.”

The competition and exhibits aim to highlight the best illustrations from SILA’s headquarters in Los Angeles, as well as around the world. “The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles is proud to represent established and emerging artists and demonstrate that this continues to be an exciting era for illustration,” SILA states on its website.