The two panels of art, photo and design creative professionals who hire and assign photography and illustration are chaired this year by Gail Anderson, Chair, BFA Design and BFA Advertising at School of Visual Arts; and Arem Duplessis, Group Creative Director, Apple.

American Illustration 40 Jury

Gail Anderson, Jury Chair, Chair, BFA Design and BFA Advertising SVA 

Gail Anderson is an NYC-based designer, educator, and writer. She is Chair of BFA Design and BFA Advertising at the School of Visual Arts and the creative director at Visual Arts Press. Anderson has served as senior art director at Rolling Stone, creative director of design at SpotCo, and as a designer at The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and Vintage Books. She has taught at SVA for thirty years and has co-authored 15 books on design, typography, and illustration with the fabulous Steven Heller. Anderson serves on the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee for the US Postal Service and the advisory boards of Poster House and The One Club for Creativity. She is an AIGA Medalist and the 2018 recipient of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Lifetime Achievement Award for Design. Her work is represented in the Library of Congress's permanent collections, the Milton Glaser Design Archives, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Antonio Alcalá, Art Director, Studio A / Art Director, USPS Stamp Development 

Antonio Alcalá graduated from Yale University with a BA in history and from the Yale School of Art with an MFA in graphic design. He opened Studio A in 1988, winning awards of excellence from design institutions including AIGA, Print, Communication Arts and Graphis. His clients include the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Kennedy Center, and other museums and arts organizations. He also taught design as adjunct faculty at the Corcoran College of Art + Design and Maryland Institute College of Art. Alcalá also served on the Postmaster General’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee from 2010 until 2011, when he left to become an art director for the U.S. Postal Service’s stamp development program. Alcalá’s work and contributions to the field of graphic design were recognized with his selection as a 2008 AIGA DC Fellow. His work is represented in the AIGA Design Archives, the National Postal Museum, and the Library of Congress Permanent Collection of Graphic Design.



Bashan Aquart, Executive Creative Director, AKA NYC

Bashan joined AKA NYC in 2011 and has been the ECD for the past 8 years, developing branding and content for Broadway musicals and plays, as well as NYC/LONDON arts institutions and attractions. If you can buy a ticket to it, he may have sold it to you. Before joining AKA, he spent almost a decade developing creative at the Broadway poster house SpotCo, under Gail Anderson. His out-of-agency work focuses in film and TV. Bashan’s work has been featured in publications such as Ad Age, New York Times, Print, STEP, Communication Arts and Art Directors Annual, TDC.
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Lynne Carty, Art Director, Wall Street Journal

Lynne Carty is an art director, designer, and illustrator for the news section of the Wall Street Journal. Prior to WSJ, she designed for Barron’s magazine and MIT Technology Review. Lynne grew up in Walpole, Massachusetts and attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She currently lives in Boston.


Debora Cheyenne Cruchon, Art Director, BUCK

Debora Cheyenne Cruchon is a french multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. After getting a degree in animation from Gobelins, she directed a short film, Couchée, for French Television. She currently works as an art director for Buck, while pursuing her own projects in sculpture, painting and animation on the side. Her work has been exhibited in Leiminspace gallery Los Angeles, Barney Savage in New York, among other galleries in Europe and the US. She recently won the Young Gun 18 award for her work in illustration.


Bobby C. Martin Jr., co-Founder, Champions Design

Bobby C. Martin Jr. is co-founder of Champions Design, a branding and design agency headquartered in New York City. He sets a relentless standard of design and vision for the agency. Since 2010, Bobby and co-founder Jennifer Kinon have partnered with a wide range of clients such as Amazon, Apple, Dartmouth College, Girl Scouts of the USA, MTV, the National Basketball Association, and The Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2019, Champions Design was named one of the 30 Most Important Companies in Design by Fast Company. Bobby recently illustrated his first children’s book “Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter” (Tilbury House) and, in 2020, he was featured in Eye Magazine’s iconic 100th issue. He has lectured about brand identity around the world, and been a special guest on Design Matters, Design Observer, and NPR’s Studio 360. Bobby served as a board member of AIGA/NY and currently sits on the Type Directors Club board of directors. Bobby has won numerous international awards from the AIGA, Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, D&AD, SEGD, and the TDC, among others. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts where he currently serves on the faculty.

Neeta Patel, Designer, The New Yorker

Neeta Patel is a designer and art director at The New Yorker. Previously, she was the 2016 – 17 Graphic Design Fellow at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at Taliesin West.

Chris Rukan, Opinions Design Director, The Washington Post

Chris joined The Post in 2006 as a designer in the sports section after working as a designer and editor at newspapers in Connecticut, New York, and Florida. He went on to design sections across The Post — from A1 to Travel to Metro to Style — before settling Outlook in 2014. In 2019 he joined the Opinions section as its first art director.`   



Jackie Seow, VP, Executive Director of Art, Trade Division, Simon & Schuster

Jackie Seow has been at Simon & Schuster since 1984, where she is an Executive Art Director who works on the book cover designs for the Simon and Schuster imprint and the operations of the Art departments. Jackie is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She has had the privilege and honor of art directing and designing covers for a wide range of subjects and authors. Her work has been featured in the New York Book Show, Print, AIGA, Communication Arts and Society of Illustrators.

Faith Stafford, Senior Art Director, Entertainment Weekly

Faith Stafford is an award-winning designer and art director based in Los Angeles. She grew up in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and, after graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism, moved to New York City. There, she worked for Instyle, More, and Entertainment Weekly magazines before heading back west in 2018 with the EW team in her current role as Senior Art Director. Her editorial design and art direction has been recognized by The Society of Publication Designers, American Illustration, and Coverjunkie. When not glued to her computer, Faith can be found adventuring outdoors, honing her culinary skills, or consuming obscene amounts of pop culture for “job research.”

1st row: Gail Anderson, Antonio Alcala, Bashan Aquart
2nd row: Lynne Carty, Debora Cheyenne Cruchon, 
3rd row: Bobby C. Martin Jr., Neeta Patel, Chris Rukan
4th row: Jackie Seow, Faith Stafford


American Photography 37 Jury

Arem Duplessis, Jury Chair, Group Creative Director, Apple Inc. 

Arem is currently a Group CD within Apple's Worldwide Marketing Department. Previously he served as Design Director of The New York Times Magazine where he led a department named 'Design Team of The Year' by The ADC for 3 consecutive years. During his tenure the magazine received numerous awards including an Emmy for the film series — 'Touch of Evil’. He was honored as a distinguished alumni of Pratt Institute, an AIGA Medalist and recognized by D&AD, ADC, SPD, TDC, AIGA, American Photography, Graphis among others.For his redesign of GQ he partnered with Jonathan Hoefler and Tobaias Frere Jones to create the typeface GQ Gotham, later shortened to Gotham. Used in Obama’s campaigns, advertisements for Coca-Cola and SNL, Gotham soon became one of the most recognizable typefaces of a generation. Duplessis has served as a visiting professor within Pratt’s Graduate Communication Design Department, SVA and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He has lectured throughout the US and abroad including London, Copenhagen, Oslo, Madrid, Barcelona, Jakarta and Dubai. 


Brian Bantog, Art Director, Nike 

Brian is a Filipino-American artist, graphic designer, and art director. He is originally from Chicago, studied Design/Media Arts and Animation at UCLA, and now lives in Portland, Oregon as an editorial art director for the Nike Journal.


Stella Blackmon, Photo Editor, New York Magazine 

Stella Blackmon is a visual editor with over seven years of experience producing large-scale projects and executing innovative multimedia series. Currently, she’s working as a photo editor at New York Magazine, where she’s produced award-winning cover stories and features.


Jane Clark, Photography Director, AARP Media

Born in Nebraska, schooled in Minnesota, worked in theatre in Minneapolis, lived in LA and then NYC. Studied floral design and then began a new career in magazines and now, still in magazines in Washington, DC.

Vida Cornelious, Executive Creative Director, T Brand Studio/New York Times 

Vida Cornelious is an award-winning creative leader who guides brands to creative outcomes that deepen consumer engagement and emotional connectivity. Currently she is the Executive Creative Director of the Special Projects team within T Brand Studio at the New York Times. As the creative lead of this discovery team, she is focused on proactive advertising opportunities and creative partnerships, bringing brands closer to the prolific storytelling of the New York Times. Prior to joining T Brand, she held the post of Chief Creative Officer at Fake Love and HelloSociety– the Brand Experience and Influencer agencies of the New York Times. Both agencies enabled T Brand to expand its “off platform” capabilities. She has also held creative leadership posts at The Walt Disney Company and DDB Chicago, fueling her career with publisher, brand and agency side experience. Throughout her career she has serviced blue-chip brands spanning a wide range of consumer categories. She has created award-winning work garnering accolades from Cannes Lions, The Effies, Communication Arts, The Art Directors Club, Chicago Creative Club, London International Awards and others. She has contributed to industry publications and provided thought leadership as an award show juror, featured panelist and speaker at national industry events. 


Leslie dela Vega, Director of Visuals, OZY MEDIA

Leslie dela Vega was born in the chill and chilly, peace-and-love city of Saint Francis: San Francisco. She shares a surname, a passion for adventure and (probably) an expertise in swordsmanship with Zorro. In any number of not-so-random moments, you might find her tandem skydiving right after watching another skydiver jump from a plane without his parachute opening. Or jumping into the middle of an ocean without knowing how to swim and living to tell the tale. And then there’s her dream to get back on a motorcycle and relive that scene from Mission Impossible. Though she got a head start with a Kodak at the ripe old age of 6, it wasn’t until after she graduated from San Francisco State University that she landed her first real job in photography. She then made the trip across the country to the city of dreams that is New York, where she landed gigs at VIBE, Time , Rolling Stone and The New York Times , four jobs she’d been dreaming of since high school. Her New York love affair was interrupted only by a hot 12 months in Mountain View as one of OZY’s original dream team members in 2013 — five years later, she’s back for round two.


Natalia Jiménez, Picture Editor, The Washington Post 

Natalia is a picture editor on the national desk at The Washington Post, where she covered the Trump presidency and 2020 election. Previously, she managed the photography team at NBC News where she also art directed and commissioned illustrations. Natalia was faculty on the first Women Photograph workshop held in Latin America in 2019. She was drawn to visual editing while an assistant to photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb as they developed longform visual narratives through book publishing. Though she has focused on digital storytelling for most of her career, she retains an appreciation for the tactile experience of photography books and aims to apply that thoughtfulness to her everyday work.



Gianmaria Schonlieb, Creative Director, Lyft 

Gianmaria Schonlieb is a Creative Director with extensive experience in advertising and art direction. He has created campaigns for many iconic brands including Google, Star Wars, Dodge, Forever21, and Coca-Cola Super Bowl to name a few. He has worked at some of the most awarded advertising agencies such as Wieden+Kennedy Portland and Swedish creative agency, B-Reel. A few years ago he transitioned to the brand side, currently leading the creative department at Lyft. In 2015 he was named one of the “30 most creative people in advertising under 30”, and since then his work has continued to be widely recognized in the industry.


Philip Brian Tabuas, Photo Editor, Bloomberg News

Philip Brian Tabuas is the assigning photo editor for the Latin America region at Bloomberg. He has written, edited, and produced stories for various verticals, including Bloomberg Green, Bloomberg Pursuits, and Bloomberg Politics. Philip began his career as an editorial intern at Redux Pictures agency where he researched and edited stories for archive and print syndication, as well as assisted with the development of social media and promotional content.


Ronda Thompson, Web Design Consultant, Bed Bath & Beyond

Ronda Thompson is the Freelance Creative Director, currently at Bed Bath & Beyond consulting with their web team. Prior to Bed Bath & Beyond, she served as Creative Director at ESSENCE where she oversaw print, digital, social and video content. And for years before that, she served as a freelance Art Director for multiple titles and brands including People, Sports Illustrated Kids, Vibe, Details, HBO, Magic International and American Express, working in marketing, experiential, and print media. With an eye for design and visual storytelling, Ronda has juried design competitions and conducted portfolio reviews for NYC Fotoworks, The Society of Publication Designers and ADC Awards. She has also served as a panelist for AIGA. Ronda received her BFA in Design from Howard University. Originally from Los Angeles, CA she now lives in Brooklyn, NY.


1st row: Arem Duplessis, Brian Bantog, Stella Blackmon 
2nd row: Vida Cornelious, Jane Clark
3rd row: Leslie della Vega, Natalie Jimenez, Gianmaria Schonlieb
4th row: Philip Brian Tabuas, Rhonda Thompson


AI-AP Committee 

Kathy Ryan, The New York Times Magazine, Chair Emeritus
Fred Woodward, Chair Emeritus
Mark Heflin, Director

AI-AP Founding Committee 1982

Edward Booth Clibborn
, Booth-Clibborn Editions

Julian Allen, Artist/Illustrator (1942–1998)
Marshall Arisman, Artist/Illustrator, SVA MFA Program
Sue Coe, Artist/Illustrator
Mark Crawford, Time Capsul
Steven Heller, The New York Times Book Review
Nigel Holmes, Time
Linda Johnson, Tonight
Robert Priest, Esquire
Mary Shanahan, Rolling Stone