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Meet the Jury

Chad W. Beckerman

Art Director
Abrams Books for Young Readers and Amulet Books

Chad W. Beckerman grew up in a small Connecticut town tucked away in the Litchfield Hills. He went on to graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000 and traveled to New York City that summer to be hired by Scholastic Books as an assistant designer. He then moved to Brooklyn, New York, and Greenwillow Books where he was promoted to designer, and later, senior designer. After fourteen-hundred days, he left Greenwillow to become the new art director for Abrams Books for Young Readers and Amulet Books. He is still there to this day. He has designed such series as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Origami Yoda, NERDS and The Sisters Grimm, in addition to a vast amount of picture books, such as I Had a Favorite Dress, Iggy Peck, Architect and Huff and Puff.

Penelope Dullaghan


Penelope Dullaghan is an illustrator who started her freelance career after a five-year stint as an art director for Young & Laramore in Indianapolis. Since then she has worked with a wide variety of clients including Oprah, Starbucks and Target and, has been recognized by Communication Arts, Print magazine, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and 3x3 magazine. She also created and runs, a weekly creative outlet/participatory art exhibit for illustrators and artists of all skill levels. Designed to challenge participants creatively, a new topic is posted each Friday and participants have one week to submit their interpretations.

Tim J Luddy

Creative Director
Mother Jones

Tim J Luddy is the creative director for Mother Jones magazine and He has worked as a designer and art director in New York and San Francisco, for publications including BusinessWeek, eCompany Now! (also known as Business 2.0,) PC World and Diablo. He has lectured on publication design at the California College of Art, San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley Extension and the University of San Francisco. Mother Jones has received the National Magazine Award for General Excellence twice during his tenure there. His work has been recognized by Print magazine and the Society of Publication Designers, and illustrations he's commissioned have appeared in American Illustration, Communication Arts and the Society of Illustrators' Annual.

Rikki Poulos

Art Director
Rikki Poulos Design

Rikki Poulos was born in Austria, raised in Montréal and Chicago, and currently resides among the wildlife (humans and animals) in picturesque Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles. Her most longstanding influence has been as art director for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, where for 23 years she’s overseen design direction for print and new media projects for the Grammy telecasts, as well the MusiCares and Grammy Foundations. She’s also designed projects for the Playboy Jazz Festival, the American Film Institute, EMI Records, Comic Relief, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Malaria No More, the City of West Hollywood and the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing.

Chris von Ende

Associate Creative Director
Leo Burnett Chicago

Chris von Ende is an associate creative director at Leo Burnett in Chicago. After studying typography and magazine design at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London and graduating from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in graphic design, he worked as an integrated designer for five years before becoming an art director at Y&R Chicago. Throughout his career, he's been fortunate to help build brands such as Coca-Cola, Nike, Norton, Sprite, Miller Lite, Brunswick and The Girl Scouts. His work has been featured in multiple competitions including The Cannes Lions, Communication Arts, D&AD and The One Show.