Student, Recent Grad Awarded Society of Illustrators Scholarships

April 7, 2016

Work by sophomore Shannon Ryan ’18 (Illustration) and alumna Molly Egan BFA ’15 (Illustration) named ‘best of the best’ in 2016 Student Competition


Shannon Ryan's "Junko Tabei”


Congratulations to sophomore Shannon Ryan ’18 (Illustration) and recent graduate Molly Egan BFA ’15 (Illustration), named the "best of the best" in the 2016 Society of Illustrators' Student Scholarship Competition. Their work was among only 25 scholarship winners chosen from a pool of less than 300 finalists that were selected from more than 8,700 entries from schools across the country.

Egan’s hand-made and painted wooden toys [below] took home the $1,000 Warby Parker Visionary Scholarship, while Ryan’s woodblock print/collage titled “Junko Tabei” [above] was awarded a $500 prize in memory of artist and educator Les Kanturek. Their original artwork will be on display in the 2016 Student Scholarship Exhibit at the Museum of American Illustration in New York from May 10 through June 4, with an opening reception and awards ceremony set for Friday, May 13.

Molly Egan’s hand-made and painted wooden toys


Ten other Illustration students and recent graduates were also selected as finalists in this year’s Student Scholarship Competition, including Kuba Jennes BFA ’15 (Illustration), Aiden Jimeno BFA ’15 (Illustration), Rebecca Kirby BFA ’15 (Illustration), Abayomi Louard-Moore BFA ’15 (Illustration), Rowan MacFarlane ’16 (Illustration), Kristen Miller BFA ’15 (Illustration), James Firnhaber ’16 (Illustration), Natalia Jablonski ’16 (Illustration), Nicole Wheat BFA ’15 (Illustration) and Kailey Whitman ’16 (Illustration).

Held every year since 1981, the Society of Illustrators’ Student Scholarship Competition selects pieces based on the quality of technique, concept and skill of medium used, and is credited with kick starting students’ careers.