The 2019 Winter Conference Portfolio Showcase was held on February 8th in conjunction with the Golden Kite Gala. There were 180 portfolios on display, and the awards were judged by agent Christy Tugeau Ewers, art director Marijka Kostiw, designer Ciara Gay, editor Jeffrey Salane, and art director Lily Malcom. The portfolios were viewed by 500 of the top industry professionals in children’s publishing, as well as many of the conference attendees.
The honor winners, who will each receive a phone call with an art director to discuss their work, are Annie Bowler, Mar Ferrero, and Joy Yang.
The grand prize winner, who will receive a trip to NY and meetings with three art directors, is Victoria Tentler-Krylov.
Victoria Tentler-Krylov grew up in Saint Petersburg, Russia and studied architecture and urban design at Cooper Union and Columbia University. A practicing architect now living outside Boston with her family, Victoria is continually inspired by urban landscapes but also by fantasy, possibility, and imagination. In addition, she is influenced by the commercial art and children’s books from the fifties and sixties, with their economy of line and creative use of white space. Victoria’s artwork has been published by Pink Giraffe Books in Russia and by Spider magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Flutter Magazine in the U.S. Victoria’s books include a picture book read-aloud of Peter Pan (Quarto), Just Read! (Sterling), and several forthcoming picture books. Visit Victoria online at http://cargocollective.com/victoriakrylov. She was also an honor winner of the 2017 Winter Conference Portfolio Showcase!
Winning the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase Award can have an incredible impact on one’s career. Let’s look back at a few of the most recent Portfolio Showcase grand prize winners!
Oge Mora, who won the 2016 Summer Conference grand prize, just received a 2019 Caldecott Honor, a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustration Award, and the 2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award for Illustration for her debut picture book, Thank You, Omu! She connected with her agent, Stephen Malk, at the 2016 Summer Conference.
Melissa Crowton, winner of the 2017 Winter Conference grand prize, connected with her agent, Kirsten Hall of Catbird Agency, at the 2017 conference. Her first five books came out in 2018, and she has eight more coming out between now and 2021.
Ashlyn Anstee, winner of the 2017 Summer Conference grand prize, is represented by Kelly Sonnack of Andrea Brown Agency. Her latest picture book, Hedgehog!, was published by Tundra in 2018 and she has a number of tour dates in Southern California this spring.
Robin Rosenthal, winner of the 2018 Winter Conference grand prize, is a NYC local and donated the airfare and hotel portion of her prize to We Need Diverse Books. Just a few weeks ago, she announced that she signed with agent Erica Rand Silverman of Stimola Literary Studio.
Rahele Jomepour Belle, winner of the 2018 Summer Conference grand prize, came to United States from Iran in 2011 to pursue her dream of being a free international artist, and graduated with an MFA in Integrated Visual Arts from Iowa State University in 2015. She signed with Christy Ewers at The CAT Agency and has her first US picture book, written by Maryann Macdonald, coming out in April of 2019, with more picture books coming out in 2020 and beyond.