Illustration Senior Kate O'Hara Wins First Place in 2014 Ely Awards

Her album artwork chosen as top winner from among the entire graduating class of Illustration majors

April 14, 2014

Illustration senior Kate O'Hara took the top prize in the 2014 William H. Ely Excellence in Illustration Awards for her album artwork (above) for the band Fleet Foxes.

Winners of this annual juried competition are chosen from among submissions by the entire class of graduating Illustration majors, whose original artwork is displayed in the Ely Senior Illustration Thesis Exhibition.

Second place honors went to Ejay Basford's comic strip (below), while Lily Simon's Franklin Institute posters (bottom) took third place. Honorable mentions were awarded to Meredith Bentley, Alex Dos Diaz, Rebecca Syracuse and Laura Weiszer.

Endowed by its namesake in 1940, the William H. Ely Senior Illustration Thesis Exhibition features art that spans virtually every area of the illustration field, including book and other publishing venues, advertising, entertainment design, comic books, video games, interactive work, store display, and product, game and package design.

Each thesis project is a thoroughly researched and highly developed series of a related body of work based on the student's chosen theme and market. A unique feature of the exhibition is that all of the illustration presented is shown in the context for which it was designed.

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