Created by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 1967, the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition offers illustrators from all over the world a unique opportunity to display their talent to key players in the sector who come to Bologna every year for the most important trade show for the exchange of copyrights for children’s literature. An authoritative international jury consisting of publishers, artists and museum directors selects established artists and emerging talents. The second edition is organized by Columbia College Chicago, in partnership with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and the Italian Trade Agency.
The Bologna Illustrator Exhibition 2017 will be once again a pivotal experience for the Illustration students at Columbia College Chicago who study in a nationally renowned illustration program. The college offers a rigorous Bachelor of Fine Arts program, but is one of the few colleges in the country to offer a Bachelor of Arts program. This exhibition and competition is a result of a collaboration by almost all of the 150 undergraduate students and over a dozen teachers that constitute the Illustration Program.
The full-time faculty, who have steered this project, represent decades of professional experience. The program is led by author, cartoonist, and illustrator Ivan Brunetti (associate professor) and Chris Arnold (assistant professor), who works as a commercial illustrator and fine artist. Fred Nelson (associate professor), who brings decades of advertising experience and Chris Eliopoulos (lecturer), who works in film/television and on children’s books, round out the award-winning team of educators.
This exhibition is sponsored by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and the Italian Trade Agency. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the most important international event dedicated to the children’s publishing and multimedia industry. In Bologna authors, illustrators, literary agents, licensors and licensees, packagers, distributors, printers, booksellers, and librarians meet to sell and buy copyright, find the very best of children’s publishing and multimedia production, discover new business opportunities, and discuss and debate the latest sector trends. The Italian Trade Agency is the government organization that promotes the internationalization of the Italian companies, in line with the strategies of the Ministry of Economic Development, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Chicago office is responsible, among others, for the publishing sector as well as maintaining and regularly updating its publishing website italbooks.com.
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