Concept Art Awards 2019 Winners Announcement
The 2019 Concept Art Awards Presented by LightBox Expo was a celebration of the history and craft of concept art. The September 7th inaugural event was held at LightBox Expo and had over 500 people in attendance. Awards for Excellence in Student Character Art (Lola Zhang- ArtCenter College of Design), Student Environment Art (Airi Pan- ArtCenter College of Design), Independent Character Art (Neeraj Menon), Independent Environment Art (Miguel Membreño), and Fan Art (Rafael Grassetti) were awarded in addition to five Lifetime Achievement Awards to Ron Cobb (Back to the Future), Ralph McQuarrie (Star Wars), Jean Giraud "Moebius" (TRON), H.R. Giger (Alien), and Syd Mead (Blade Runner).
Student Environment Concept Winner: Airi Pan- “The Griffin’s Nest”
Independent Environment Winner: Miguel Membreño- “after 01”
Student Character Concept Art Winner: Lola Zhang-” Into The Dark - The Queen”
Fan Art Winner: Rafael Grassetti- “Yoshimitsu”
"I would like to congratulate the members of the Concept Art Association for paying homage to the idea of concept. Concept is the critical phase of any design process. Without a firm grasp of concept, the design process is crippled from the very start. Thank you again and I wish the Concept Art Association much success as it goes forward into its own history." said Syd Mead upon receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award.
Title Sponsor, LightBox Expo presented The LightBox Expo Community Icon Award to Stuart Ng of Stuart Ng Books, recognizing the contribution he has made to the Concept Art community. Winners were presented with Cintiq 16’s from Wacom, and trophies were provided by Legacy Effects. Other sponsors included SGX Print, Gallery Nucleus, ImagineFX, The Writing Room, and Legion M.
The Concept Art Association was created with the mission of elevating and raising the profile of concept artists, their art and their involvement in various entertainment industries. The Concept Art Association was founded by Talent Manager Rachel Meinerding, and Producer and Co-Founder of the BRIC Foundation, Nicole Hendrix.
Learn more about the Concept Art Awards here!