Meet the American Illustration 42 Jurors

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday February 23, 2023


Above: American Illustration 42 Jury 
Row 1: Emily Crawford, Lixia Guo, Ted Halbur. Row 2: Anton Ioukhnovets, Matthew James-Wilson, Annie Jen. Row 3: Katie Kalupson, Esther Sarah Kim, George McCallman. Row 4: Angela Panichi, Steven Wardlaw, Sam Yates MeierRow 4: Angela Panichi, Steven Wardlaw, Sam Yates Meier.

This just in from the Home Office:
The jury for American Illustration 42 is now in place to view your work from 2022, in the categories of Advertising, Editorial, Posters, Unpublished, Books, and Student Work. The deadline is March 3ENTER HERE

Emily Crawford, Art Director, Vanity Fair

Award-winning creative director Emily Crawford has worked in the magazine industry for over twenty years as an art director and creative director at publications such as Fast Company, the New York Times Magazine, Travel + Leisure, Time, and Vanity Fair. She is currently based in Los Angeles.

Lixia Guo, Senior Art Director,
Over the past 15 years Lixia Guo has worked at BuzzFeed News, Fast Company, Fortune, Time, Glamour, Lucky, Cooking Light, Departures, and Entertainment Weekly; her art direction for some of these titles has been recognized by American Illustration and Society of Illustrators As Senior Art Director for she oversees all the editorial creative.  She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband.

Ted Halbur, Sr. Manager & Associate Creative Director, Target
Ted Halbur has been developing a wide range of award winning creative for over two and a half decades as a Designer, Art Director and Associate Creative Director for Target.

Anton Ioukhnovets, Creative Director, 30 Point
Over the course of the past 20+ years Anton Ioukhnovets worked at just about every major magazine publisher in the U.S, creating award-winnning editorial work for magazines like GQ, W, Bloomberg Pursuits, Esquire and New York Times Magazine to name a few. Originally from Moscow, Anton found his passion for editorial graphic design at School of Visual Arts when he emigrated to the US in 1992. Anton is currently a Creative Director at 30Point  ( as well as Creative director of German publications, Achtung and TheAlbum by Mytheresa.

Matthew James-Wilson, Founder, Heavy Manners Library
Matthew James-Wilson is the founder of Heavy Manners Library, an art space in Echo Park Los Angeles. From 2012-2018 Matthew ran the online art magazine FORGE. Matthew has curated art exhibits, worked for various independent record labels, and written for publications including Pitchfork and VICE.

Annie Jen, Deputy Art Director, The New York Times Magazine
Annie Jen is a Taiwanese Art Director and Designer based in New York. She’s currently Deputy Art Director at The New York Times Magazine. Previously, she was Art Director at The California Sunday Magazine / Pop-Up Magazine and has worked for other publications including WIRED magazine and The New Republic magazine

Katie Kalupson, Art Director, TIME
Katie Kalupson is an award-winning art director and illustrator who is pursuing an MFA in Illustration at FIT, class of 2023. Her art direction has been recognized by American Illustration, Communication Arts, and the Society of Publication Designers. In addition to her passion for illustration Katie also enjoys collecting children's books, watching films, traveling, and otherwise just being a silly little guy.

Esther Sarah Kim, Senior Designer, Tor Books
Esther Sarah Kim is currently a Senior Designer at Tor Publishing Group, where she designs and art direct covers for TPG's imprints: Tor Books, Nightfire, Forge, and Tor Teens. She has illustrated for Newsweek, La Mer, and Hachette UK and exhibited silkscreen works in group shows. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

George McCalman, Principal, McCalmanCo
George McCalman is an artist and creative director based in San Francisco. His design studio collaborates with a wide range of cultural clients. In addition is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle where his ‘Observed’ and ‘First Person’ columns document Bay Area culture. His first book Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and Unseen was published in Sept 2022.

Angela Panichi, Creative Director, Air Mail
As Design Director of Air Mail, Angela Panichi creates and oversees all design components of the multi-platform digital publication. In addition to establishing the overarching brand voice and direction of the platform, she also oversees the day-to-day creative engagement of the Airnail’s many verticals, including international newsstands, podcasts and partnerships. Angela previously worked at titles including W Magazine, Vitals and Vanity Fair, and collaborated on the branding for the Cannes Film Festival events, the White House Correspondents Dinner, and the Tribeca Film Festival party among others. She is also the Creative Director of Electragram, a design-driven digital start-up launched by Graydon and Anna Carter in 2022. 

Steven Wardlaw, Art Director, Blue Q 
Since 2010, Steven Wardlaw has been working as an art director at the gift manufacturer Blue Q, collaborating with artists from around the world to help create Blue Q's unique products. Prior to this dream job, he worked for comic book publishers DC Comics and Tundra Publishing, in retail buying and visual display, and as a recording and touring musician. He spent his childhood tagging along with his artist father, George Wardlaw, through museums and galleries, assisting him in the studio, and talking about art and artists.

Sam Yates Meier, Educator, The University of Kansas and Design Researcher, Hallmark 
Sam Yates Meier currently designs with the Trends and Innovation Studio at Hallmark while teaching at the University of Kansas (KU) in the Visual Communications Department. Meier’s experience ranges from in-house media for Kansas City PBS, experiential design and wayfinding with Dimensional Innovations, to brand experience and identity with D.C. firm, Beveridge Seay. The award-winning creative is currently an MA Student in the Kress Foundation Department of Art History at KU, studying Black American Art and Design and the French Influence on the Harlem Renaissance. She is President Emeritus for the Kansas City Chapter of AIGA.