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Meet the Jury

Brian Anstey

design director
Entertainment Weekly

Brian Anstey is the design director of the New York-based magazine Entertainment Weekly. An Iowa native, Anstey graduated from the University of Iowa with a BFA in design and later moved to New York to began his career in editorial design at People magazine as associate art director. He joined Entertainment Weekly three years ago as an art director and in his time there has commissioned numerous award winning illustrations. Anstey’s work has been recognized both nationally and internationally by American Illustration, Communication Arts, D&AD, Print, the Society of Illustrators and the Society of Publication Designers.

Kevin Brimmer

designer and illustrator
Muller Bressler + Brown [formerly Muller + Company

Kevin Brimmer is a seventeen-year veteran of the commercial-art business as an illustrator, designer and art director. His illustrations have appeared in over 70 books and in a weekly sports column for the Kansas City Pitch newspaper. Currently, he is a designer and illustrator for Muller Bressler + Brown [formerly Muller + Company], a design shop and advertising agency in Kansas City, Missouri. His work was selected for five ADDY Awards for illustration this past award season and a collaborative project with Sterling Hundley was featured in last year’s Illustration Annual. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Tawnya, their dog and a whole mess of Koi.

Dan Craig


Dan Craig is an illustrator living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His studio lies just across the river in Minneapolis adjacent to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he received his art school education. His body of work includes magazine covers as well as numerous book jackets for major publishing houses. His advertising work includes projects for Toyota, Nike, Neiman Marcus, ESPN and HBO. The New York City Opera, J.P. Morgan and the New York Stock Exchange have also used his work. He has received two Clio awards, a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators and numerous CA awards of excellence.

Liz Hale


With a BFA in painting from the University of New Mexico, Liz Hale was an exhibiting artist in Santa Fe and Albuquerque until moving to Los Angeles in 1985. Her first job was with the Woman’s Graphic Center. After working as the art director at Slash Records, a Warner Brothers Records subsidiary, she joined the staff at the Los Angeles Times in 1993. While working as the deputy art director at the Los Angeles Times Magazine and West Magazine, she art directed numerous award-winning illustrations. In April of 2008, she left the Times to pursue her ongoing passion: illustration and image-making.

Loraine Joyner

art director
Peachtree Publishers

Loraine Joyner is the art director at Peachtree Publishers in Atlanta and for the past fifteen years she has worked with both seasoned and neophyte illustrators in the book publishing business. Prior to joining Peachtree, Joyner lived and worked in Germany as a visual information specialist for the U.S. military’s European edition of the Stars and Stripes newspaper distributed to American forces throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. During her early years as a graduate of Georgia State College (now University) in Atlanta, Joyner worked as graphic designer, illustrator, stylist and, later, art director for a social stationery and school supplies manufacturer.