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Two MICA Alumni Awarded Top Honors by Society of Illustrators and American Illustration

The competition, often used as a springboard into professional illustration, counts many award-winning artists among its alumni.

Posted 05.30.08 by MICA Media Relations

Two Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) students were named winners of the Society of Illustrators' 2008 Student Scholarship Competition.

The competition, often used as a springboard into professional illustration, counts many award-winning artists among its alumni.

Jeremy Enecio's Cover took the top 2008 prizes: a $5,000 award in memory of Arthur Zankel and the Illustration Academy Award, admission to a seven-week professional academy.

Enecio, who graduated in May, has accepted a concept artist position at Big Huge Games in Timonium, Maryland.

Eamonn Donnelly, another May graduate, won the $1,000 Origins Award for Redhead.

Three other MICA students were also honored in the annual competition. They are Kali Ciesemier (Estelle LeBlanc), Jimmy Giergerich (Jikininki) and Jason Hoffman (Moby Dick 1.)

For more information about the competition and to view the winning illustrations, visit www.soicompetitions.org.

An illustration by Ana Benaroya, who also graduated in May, was selected for inclusion in American Illustration 27, a hardcover annual that is used by art directors, editors, art buyers, and other creative professionals as a major source for assignment and commissioned work.

All illustrators, creative professionals, students, and teachers of illustration were invited to participate in the highly-selective competition.

To view Benaroya's work, visit www.anabenaroya.com.

For more information about the competition, visit www.ai-ap.com.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.