Graphic Era Juried Exhibition

About the Exhibition

The Delaplaine Arts Center introduces Graphic Era, a celebration of the graphic arts by design professionals and artists from around the U.S. The juried exhibition will feature a selection of artists who are using illustration to engage larger audiences via social, digital, and print media. Graphic Era introduces visitors to the illustration arts and artists who have begun adapting this artform to a new generation and their interests.

For more information about the Big Day Mini-Con and other programs taking place during the Graphic Era event, visit its program page.

Important Dates

February 10, 2020 • Deadline for entry submission
March 2, 2020 • (On or before) Notification of accepted entries
March 9, 2020
• Accepted entry high resolution submission deadline
April 4-26, 2020 • Exhibition


Grand Prize – $500
Gold – $250
Silver – $150
Bronze – $100

About the Juror

Kat Irannejad is Co-Founder and Executive Illustration Agent at Snyder New York, a women-owned agency representing a dynamic group of illustrators, image makers, designers, animators, and directors from around the world.


All artwork should be completed in the last 2 years and fall within one of the following categories: Editorial, Book, or Uncommissioned. The Society of Illustrators defines these categories as such:

  • Editorial: Work commissioned by newspapers or magazines, medical and scientific journals, or online magazines.
  • Book: Illustrations originally commissioned for use inside or on the covers of hardbound and paperback books, including fiction and nonfiction; children’s and young adult literature and comic books. Promotional posters or advertisements depicting book art must be submitted in the book category. Self-published books should be entered in the Uncommissioned category.
  • Uncommissioned: Self-generated work such as portfolio samples, sourcebook ads and uncommissioned stock that are currently unpublished except as promotion for the artist or artist’s representative. Art created for exhibitions and gallery shows should be entered in this category, unless the art was used to promote the gallery.

Accepted Entries

All accepted artwork must be submitted to the Delaplaine as a high resolution digital file (300 dpi) by 5 PM, on Monday, March 9. Artists with accepted works will be sent additional instructions.

PLEASE NOTE: All accepted artwork will be printed (in full color) and installed by Delaplaine staff. Animated GIFs and illustrations will be presented on a monitor within the gallery. Each print will be priced and sold at $100, with 50% of the sale going to the artist. Animated works will be listed as Not For Sale (NFS). Printable works should be designed and/or formatted for 16″ x 20″ with a 1/4″ border if the artwork spans the edges. Failure to comply with these requirements may disqualify an entry from the competition.

Entry Portal

Enter your artwork here.