The Advertising and Institutional awards are the last installment of the Society Annual show. It is known for being mellow and having some of the best art. This year was no exception. From the series of 3 large scale, black and white, award winning nudes by Rick Berry, to the the relief sculpture of fishermen by Owen Smith, this show displayed the diverse nature of illustration in the advertising and institutional world.
As usual my staff, my interns, and I attended this year's show and caught up with lots of friends. I would like to give a shout out to my old buddy Joel Iskowitz who lives in Woodstock, NY. We go back a very, very long way. Can you believe that we were classmates at the Music and Art High School many moons ago? I am so happy that he has been recognized for his craftsmanship. He has been working for the United States mint and has done hundreds of stamps for almost every country in the world. At dinner, he regaled us with stories of his many Air Force trips and the adventures that he had circling the globe and creating oil paintings for the USAF which are in the Air Force museum and Pentagon.
Above: Some examples of Joel's work for the US Mint. Below: Joel Iskowitz and I standing by his art.
|Edel Rodriguez and Yuko Shimizu anouncing winners|
|Rafal Olbinski accepting his silver medal.|
|Rafal's award winning piece.|
|Greg Manchess standing by his incredible painting.|
|Another piece by Greg.|
|A beautiful and emotional work by Owen Smith.|
|Owen's relief sculpture.|
|Andrew R. Wright|