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UW-Eau Claire Art Student Wins
Society of Illustrators Award

RELEASED: March 23, 2007

Rick Conlin's illustration
UW-Eau Claire senior Rick Conlin's winning illustration that will be exhibited in New York City.

EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire art student has won a national student competition award from the Society of Illustrators. The Society of Illustrators will exhibit the student's work at its gallery in New York City May 2-18.

Senior Rick Conlin, Eau Claire, competed against students from over 61 art schools across the nation. Conlin's work was one of the 119 entries chosen by a jury of professionals from over 4,000 submissions. In addition to being exhibited in New York, Conlin's work will be published in a catalogue of student winners.

Conlin's work is a combination of ink drawing and digital processes. Conlin said the piece was originally created for a class assignment to make an illustration based on an animal from the Humane Society. Conlin chose to draw a black lab.

"In my illustration, I placed the dog where my old dog would be whenever I worked under my car; right next to me," Conlin said.

Conlin is the second UW-Eau Claire student to receive this honor since 2004 said Ned Gannon, assistant professor of art and design at UW-Eau Claire. Some of Conlin's pieces along with the works of other senior art majors will be displayed in UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery for the senior BFA art show running March 29-April 18 in the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The Society of Illustrators is a professional organization for illustrators. The mission of the society is to promote art and appreciation of illustration and to encourage high ideals through exhibitions, lectures, education and open discussion.

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