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Global Talent Search 2018

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Win representation from Lilla Rogers Studio, plus a host of product licenses and career development support! Read all about the 2016 Winners HERE

Please note that all 2018 Global Talent Search information will be available in early 2018! Please join the waitlist to be the first to hear when we open registration!

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The Lilla Rogers Studio Global Talent Search has become one of the most prestigious prizes in the art industry. The Grand Prize winner wins international representation from Lilla Rogers Studio, plus a host of covetable product licenses, and a series of prizes to support the development of their professional career.

Please note that all 2018 Global Talent Search information will be available later this year, please join the waitlist to be the first to hear when we open registration!

For information on previous events, please read below…..

What an incredible journey! Lilla Rogers Studio loved getting to know the six finalists on Skype and thoroughly reviewing their bodies of work. After much discussion and reflection we are delighted to announce…

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The winner of our 2016 Global Talent Search is Marenthe Otten!

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Above: Marenthe’s final assignment for the Global Talent Search. On the Skype call, Lilla suggested that Marenthe not hold back and go full-on Marenthe.

Giant congratulations to the lovely Marenthe! She is a true original, an iconoclast. Lilla loved how fearless she is in creating her magical world. Because of this, and her broad range of imagery and themes, you’ll see a career that will have longevity and breadth.

In addition, Lilla liked that she had been a successful designer for many years so she understands how to work professionally and collaboratively.  Lilla Rogers Studio is excited to develop original projects with her as well. Lilla has a few up her sleeve.

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Marenthe on Skype screenshare and her study for the final assignment

Plus, she’s a lovely person. You’ll fall in love with her!

Lilla Rogers Studio is delighted to now represent Marenthe and can’t wait to fill her docket with commissions, licenses, and consultations with VIPs. Read more about the prizes Marenthe has won here.

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Congratulations to the two Special Studio Award Winners!

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Terri’s pieces for the final assignment for the Global Talent Search

Lilla Rogers Studio is madly in love with Terri’s witty and colorful art. Everyone smiles when they see her work. She’s frequently been in the highly-regarded juried annual, American Illustration. Her work runs from highly sophisticated wit to funky/adorable. Lilla Rogers Studio are thrilled to add her to the agency.

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ANNE BENTLEY

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Anne’s pieces for the final assignment for the Global Talent Search.

Meet Anne, the delightful sophisticate. As a matter of fact, the Boston Globe commissioned Anne right from the newsletter Lilla Rogers Studio sent out announcing the 5 Finalists! And here is her piece that she completed—right smack in the middle of the GTS final competition. Anne’s background in fine art is evident in her work.

Her unique color palettes, along with her masterful renderings of individuals in stylish settings won us over. Like Marenthe and Terri, Lilla delighted in watching Anne’s work blossom in the MATS e-courses.

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Anne’s stunning piece for the Boston Globe

 Congratulations, GTS 2016 winners!

And a big congratulations to all the Finalists: Colee Wilkinson, Mara Penny, and Sharon Montgomery. This is a very intense and demanding competition, and to arrive at the Finals is a massive honor. It’s something to be proud of. Please know that our decision was a very difficult one, involving many considerations. Your work is excellent and we are confident that your careers will thrive.

Read the full GTS announcement on Lilla Rogers Studio HERE.

All finalists in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Global Talent Search were graduates of the Make Art That Sells courses. The 10,000+ people who contributed to the public voting, and the stellar panel of judges were not aware of this, but it was clear that the courses had really helped the selected artists up their game and present their brilliant work professionally.

 

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Please note that all 2018 Global Talent Search information will be available later this year, please join the waitlist to be the first to hear when we open registration!

For information on previous events, please read below…..

 

See the announcement of the 2016 Global Talent Search Winners HERE

The winner of the 2016 Global Talent Search won a career-changing package including international representation from Lilla Rogers Studio, plus a host of licensing deals and money-can’t-buy career development opportunities.

2016 prizes:

FROM LILLA ROGERS STUDIO

International representation by Lilla Rogers Studio!

FROM UPPERCASE MAGAZINE

A paid illustration commission for an UPPERCASE publication project as commissioned by Editor Janine Vangool

FROM MADISON PARK GREETINGS

A licensed product paper and/or gift collection for the winner.

FROM AMERICAN GIRL

A 1-1 career development Skype with Riley Wilkinson of Mattel/American Girl

FROM DESIGN HOUSE GREETINGS

Opportunity to work with us to design a series of 3 greeting cards for Design House Greetings.

FROM HALLMARK

A card collection for the winner

FROM TAG

A consultation to discuss the possibility of a licensed gift collection with TAG. Also, an assortment of TAG products designed by Lilla Rogers artist Carolyn Gavin.

FROM OOPSY DAISY

A GreenBox or Oopsy Daisy art collection as a prize

FROM CHRONICLE BOOKS

Direct submission to Chronicle (which means the submitter gets to by-pass our slush pile) and a box of goodies (both book and product) from Chronicle Books.

FROM QUARRY BOOKS

Consultation with Editorial Director, Mary Ann Hall! Also a gift of 5 books of your choice

FROM ZOE TUCKER

One hour 1:1 Skype consultation on illustrating children’s book

FROM CREATIVE CO-OP

A consultation with Creative Director Tamra Bryant to discuss the possibility of a home décor licensing agreement with Creative Co-Op.

FROM BADGEBOMB

A big licensed magnet collection for the winner.

FROM GALISON

Five products of the winner’s choice from Galison and/or Mudpuppy

WHERE WOMEN CREATE MAGAZINE

The winner will receive a special feature in the magazine

SPOONFLOWER

The winner will receive $100 for Spoonflower

SPROUT PATTERNS

Sprout Patterns will contribute a $200 gift certificate to Sprout patterns

AMBER LOTUS PUBLISHING 

A paid illustration commission for inclusion in one of Amber Lotus’ artist anthology calendars: Art of the Heart, Day of the Dead or Bike Art, as commissioned by Art Director Lydia Hess.

 

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Please note that all 2018 Global Talent Search information will be available later this year, please join the waitlist to be the first to hear when we open registration!

For information on previous events, please read below…..

After three months during the Global Talent Search, around 1000 entrants from 30+ countries, three rounds of competition, more than 10,000 public votes and many hours of deliberating, three artists are revealed as the hugely talented winners of the Global Talent Search!

See the announcement of the 2016 Global Talent Search Winners HERE

2016 RESULTS

2016 GRAND PRIZE WINNER: MARENTHE OTTEN (NETHERLANDS)

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2016 SPECIAL STUDIO AWARD WINNER: TERRI FRY KASUBA (USA)

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2016 SPECIAL STUDIO AWARD WINNER: ANNE BENTLEY (USA)

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And a big congratulations to all the other Finalists: Colee Wilkinson, Mara Penny, and Sharon Montgomery.

2015 RESULTS

In 2015, the standard of work was so high that we had seven finalists!

2015 GRAND PRIZE WINNER: KATE MASON (AUSTRALIA)

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2015 SPECIAL STUDIO AWARD WINNER: KATIE VERNON (USA)

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2015 SPECIAL STUDIO AWARD WINNER: CLAIRICE GIFFORD (USA)

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Read how we picked the winner HERE

Congratulations, winners! And a big congratulations to all the Finalists: Akiko da SilvaKatie WilsonNikki Upsher and Susan Evenson!

2014 RESULTS

It was so hard to choose from our outstanding six Finalists that we have decided to give THREE awards – the Grand Prize and two Special Studio Awards. Three art careers are about to change forever. Click on the video below to hear Lilla talking about who won and why, and scroll down to see their work!

2014 GRAND PRIZE WINNER: TARA LILLY (USA)

2014 GTS Grand Prize Winner Tara Lilly

2014 GTS Grand Prize Winner Tara Lilly

2014 SPECIAL STUDIO AWARD WINNER: REBECCA JONES (AUSTRALIA)

2014 GTS Special Studio Award Winner Rebecca Jones

2014 GTS Special Studio Award Winner Rebecca Jones

2014 SPECIAL STUDIO AWARD WINNER: FLORA WAYCOTT (NEW ZEALAND)

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GTS 2014 Special Studio Award Winner Flora Waycott

2013 GRAND PRIZE WINNER: ZOE INGRAM (AUSTRALIA)

2013 GTS Grand Prize Winner Zoe Ingram

2013 GTS Grand Prize Winner Zoe Ingram

2013 SPECIAL STUDIO AWARD WINNER: DANIEL ROODE (USA)

2013 GTS Special Studio Award Winner Daniel Roode

2013 GTS Special Studio Award Winner Daniel Roode

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Please note that all 2018 Global Talent Search information will be available later this year, please join the waitlist to be the first to hear when we open registration!

For information on previous events, please read below…..

Read all about the 2016 Winners HERE

The 2016 judges are below. This is an incredible opportunity to get spotted by someone with real power and influence in this industry!

LILLA ROGERS STUDIO

LILLA ROGERS
FOUNDING ILLUSTRATION AGENT

Lilla Rogers is one of the most successful illustration agents in the in the industry, managing the careers of over 38 high-caliber artists whose works you’ve undoubtedly seen in children’s books, magazines, greeting cards, and on scads of deliciously designed goods from bed linens and tote bags to journals and wall art.

CHRONICLE BOOKS

KRISTINE BROGNO
CHILDREN’S DESIGN DIRECTOR

Kristine Brogno is an award-winning art director and designer and is currently the Design Director of Children’s Publishing at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. She’s had the great honor of working with a broad range of artists on children’s books and products — from first-time illustrators to seasoned veterans, including Julie Morstad, Suzy Ultman, Molly Idle, Sara Varon, Calef Brown, Tom Lichtenheld, Andy Rash, Melissa Sweet, Jen Corace and Meilo So, among many others. When she’s not reviewing sketches and looking for the perfect typeface, you can find her exploring the Bay Area and beyond with her two sons.

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QUAYSIDE PUBLISHING GROUP

MARY ANN HALL
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, QUARRY BOOKS AND ROCKPORT PUBLISHERS

Mary Ann is an experienced publishing professional specializing in innovative, illustrated art and technique books. For 12 years, she led the art and crafts publishing program for Quarry Books and is currently editorial director for Quarry Books and Rockport Publishers developing books on art, crafts, design, artisan food and lifestyle topics. Currently based in Shaker Heights, Ohio, she is a Midwesterner who has lived the largest part of her life elsewhere and an urbanite who loves to hang out in woods. As a serial enthusiast, she enjoys many creative pursuits, including Burmese cooking, zydeco dancing, hiking, hot yoga, painting, reading, and having adventures with her children. Find out more at Qbookshop and connect on Pinterest.

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MARGO TANTAU
CREATIVE AND DESIGN LEAD

Retrace Margo’s career path, and you’ll find yourself literally all over the map. Margo blends a passion for art, design and the people who create it, with an understanding of specialty retailing, manufacturing, and the challenges of being an independent artist. Margo’s love of possibility enabled her to turn the success of her unique Napa Valley retail store, Tantau, into a sought-after wholesale business. This favorite venture, Relish, represented unique small artists nationally and internationally, and specialized in product that would differentiate any retailer who chose to place an order. Her success with Relish led to National Magazine work, and 8 years as Creative Director of Seasonal Decor Company, Midwest of Cannon Falls. She then joined Hallmark, where she served as Creative Director of Retail Product Development and led a new in-house manufacturing division. Margo consults with artists and works with creative companies to assure successful growth. She has recently joined the Madison Park Group in Seattle as Creative & Design lead of the company, as they forge new and exciting paths in the industry while respecting their unique artful legacy of greeting cards.. She’s madly enjoying the challenge. Margo has been described as “Fairy Good-Mother to Artists Everywhere” … and she loves to live into that personality. It is this passion that guides her creative spirit.

UPPERCASE MAGAZINE

JANINE VANGOOL
EDITOR

Janine Vangool is the publisher, editor and designer of UPPERCASE magazine, a quarterly magazine inspired by design, illustration, craft and creativity. A playful exploration of creativity, an affinity for vintage ephemera, and a love of typography are some elements common to her magazine and book projects. She is obsessed with typewriters. Find out more here.

CREATIVE CO-OP

TAMRA BRYANT 
CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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TAG, LTD.

BETH STREVER
Design Director

Beth has over 20 years of product design experience in stationery, gift and home décor. She is the Design Director at Tag, Ltd., a wholesale gift and home décor company where she heads a team of in house designers and also enjoys collaborating with freelance illustrators. Beth loves that many of the products she works on are handmade by skilled artisans and is thankful that these traditions are being kept alive. She is passionate about textiles and her most rewarding work has been collaborating with master block printers on textile projects in India. In her free time, she travels whenever she can, gathering creative inspiration from around the world and collecting vintage and one of a kind textiles for her newest project, Ink & Loom (inkandloom.com), her own line of upholstered furniture.

Find out more at www.tagltd.com

ROBERT KAUFMAN

EVIE ASHWORTH
DESIGN DIRECTOR

An established member of the textile industry for over 40 years, Evie has traveled the world to all production points from Europe to Asia and in between. She brought her expertise to Robert Kaufman in 2000 to establish a whole category of product specifically for quilt fabric retailers. She merchandised the line, introducing the concept of coordinated samples and print basics, including the trademarked Fusions(TM) brand, and today continues to ensure Robert Kaufman brand’s association with only the highest quality standards. Evie currently directs a large internal design team as well as several art studios abroad, to produce Robert Kaufman’s signature in-house Luxe and Gallery looks as well as a broad range with external licensed artists and brands. Find out more at www.robertkaufman.com.

NICKELODEON & PARSONS

NOËL CLARO
ART DIRECTOR AT NICKELODEON AND PROFESSOR AT PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN

Noël Claro is a designer, art director, and professor. Her experience ranges from managing high-profile corporate projects at Nickelodeon to inspiring and mentoring small design teams and students at Parsons The New School for Design. Noël’s professional background is rooted in editorial design, advertising, promotion and creative branding. Her teaching experience covers a range subjects including design, illustration, typography, zines, merchandising and marketing. She’s not shy to rely on her stellar baked goods to provide inspiration and sustenance to her co-workers and students.

BADGE BOMB

LAUREN HAY
CO-OWNER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Lauren is creative director and co-owner of Portland, Oregon based BadgeBadge , who manufactures tiny pieces of art in the USA and sells them around the planet. Lauren loves to partner with select artists to create a lively brand of buttons, magnets, and more. She and her husband, Scott, also own One Inch Round (oneinchround.com) the custom button factory responsible for sustainably crafting small objects for customers such as Dolly Parton, B-52’s, Pinterest, and everyone in between.

GALISON PUBLISHING

EMILY KLEINMAN
ART DIRECTOR OF MUDPUPPY

Emily is the Art Director at Mudpuppy, a producer of engaging children’s activities that facilitate creativity and artistic play. She has 9 years of experience in the specialty children’s market, focusing on product development, art direction, and package design. She loves brainstorming innovative product ideas and discovering new illustrators! Based in New York, Emily keeps her finger on the artistic pulse of the city, finding inspiration in everything from museum and gallery exhibits, boutiques, craft fairs, and street art. She is also a traveler of the world and always planning her next adventure. Find out more at www.mudpuppy.com.

DESIGN HOUSE GREETINGS

CECI BUTLER
PRESIDENT & CREATIVE DIRECTOR, DESIGN HOUSE GREETINGS

Ceci is all about greeting cards! She loves pairing beautiful and delightful images with just the right greeting to create the perfect card for life’s special (and sometimes not so special) occasions. Ceci has been in the graphic arts world for more than 25 years. From starting out in the world of advertising, to her transition into graphic design, and eventually at the helm of her own businesses, she has always valued and promoted the power of the visual image. Ceci is passionate and eco-friendly in her business and life. She is know for being a hands-on mother and leader who loves the outdoors, animals and making incredible chocolate chip cookies. Her mission in life is not only to promote and empower visual artists, but also to encourage others to understand the magic that can be found in the gift of a hand-written note.

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ANNE BROWN
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Anne has always been drawn to creative people, fascinated by their courage and ability to express themselves through their craft. With her own passion for design, Anne’s entire career has been in product development for the home décor and specialty gift industries. She is someone who took a creative spark as a child and filled her life with a career and people who keep continue to keep that spark ignited. After graduating from the University of Kansas, where she studied textile design, she began her career with Seabrook Wallcoverings. A few years later, she became the Creative Product Manager of a new Home Division for Demdaco, later becoming a Senior Product Developer, working on collections including Kelly Rae Roberts, Embellish Your Story, and Lyricology. In 2011, Anne joined Magnet Works as the Director of Product Development to help expand their current line of products. Through a shared passion for community – artists, employees, suppliers, family, etc., she helped the team at Magnet Works to create a new division, Studio M, where she has the opportunity to work with many more artists and bring art to the garden.

Find out more here: https://www.studio-m.com.

OOPSY DAISY

KAREN CAPP
C0-FOUNDER

Karen is the co-founder of Oopsy Daisy, Fine Art For Kids, Wheatpaste, Art For Teens and GreenBox Art + Culture. She and her husband began their art company following the birth of their son. At that time, the children’s home décor marketplace had a shortage of art options that the Capps felt would inspire and truly engage children. Working out of their garage, they began the art lines that now encompass 300+ artists and 4,000+ pieces. The company today employs more than 30 staff members and is housed in its own facility, but Tom and Karen remain passionately involved in the art and product development process. Karen attributes her interest in color and craft to her experience growing up overseas, where she was exposed to artwork in both museums and in small artisan-rich villages. She is the proud mother of a son (now a teen) and daughter and loves the San Diego, CA lifestyle of sand and sun! Find out more at www.oopsydaisy.com.

HALLMARK

JULIE MCFARLAND
CREATIVE DIRECTOR – GREETINGS

Julie McFarland has spent most of her extensive career imagining, creating, and directing alternative and innovative greeting card lines for Hallmark Cards. Julie started as an artist in Hallmark’s lettering department and quickly migrated to product development and studio leadership roles. Julie “grew up” in the Shoebox Greetings team — and has been leading creative teams in the continually-evolving product development world ever since.

She is currently Creative Product Development Director of many of Hallmark’s greeting card teams and sub-brands.

AMERICAN GIRL

RILEY WILKINSON
MANAGER OF CREATIVE, CONTENT DEVELOPMENT

Riley is a child pretending to be a grownup! He considers himself a lucky guy, leading content visual development at American Girl, a premium Mattel brand for girls based near Madison, Wisconsin. Riley and his team of creatives design and art direct fiction and nonfiction print titles for girls. Apps, magazine features, and online games are also part of the American Girl offering that tie beloved historical and contemporary characters to rich experiences. Riley’s 20 years in the educational toy and game space include the creation and design of The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game, illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti by Educational Insights. His early memories of glitter, scotch tape, and “crowns” (crayons) keep him forever obsessed with play and all the joys that his work brings to children and adults who never grew up.

ZOE TUCKER

ZOE TUCKER
CHILDREN’S BOOK ART DIRECTOR

Zoë is an Art Director of children’s books. She has over 17 years in the publishing industry working in-house for Random House, Penguin and Scholastic. Now freelance, Zoë remains Art Director of Alison Green Books (an imprint of Scholastic UK), where she commissions some of the world’s greatest picture book artists. She also consults with animation and production companies Magic Light Pictures and Dog Ears, Ireland. Zoë is passionate about narrative story-telling. Strong characterisation is key to making a compelling and believable story that children will return to time and time again. Collaborating with artists is her favourite part of the job and she is always on the look out for new talent! Based in Brighton, on the south coast of England, she enjoys a dip in the sea (when it’s sunny) and the odd biscuit or two!

WHERE WOMEN CREATE

JO PACKHAM
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Jo Packham has been in the publishing industry for more than 30 years during which time she has authored, compiled, or packaged more than 1.000 titles. In partnership with Stampington & Co., Jo publishes the bestselling magazines WHERE WOMEN CREATE, WHERE WOMEN COOK, and where women create BUSINESS. Jo has established a new imprint: WWC PRESS, under which she publishes titles with Quarry Books that are authored by the leading how-to, food, and business experts in the world. Read more here: wherewomencreate.com

SPROUT PATTERNS

CAROLINE OKUN  
DIRECTOR

Caroline is the Director at Sprout Patterns in Durham. She is very excited to be working to bring together indie pattern makers and Spoonflower designers into a flurry of creative expression. Having studied both art and psychology, she is especially fascinated at the ways that color and design impact our everyday lives. In her spare time she is a dedicated volunteer and adoption counselor at her local animal shelter, a vigilant amateur chef, and like a kid in a candy shop with her sewing machine.

Her childhood was spent in New York, where at 13 years old she would jump on a train and spend the day in art museums and eating hot dogs in Central Park. Caroline has attended both UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University. She has lived in North Carolina since 1984 and doesn’t plan on leaving any time soon. Read more on Sprout here: www.sproutpatterns.com

SPOONFLOWER

SARAH WARD 
MARKETING 

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AMBER LOTUS PUBLISHING

LYDIA HESS
ART DIRECTOR

Working with talented illustrators, photographers, and writers to create products that are clever, mindful, and stunning – that is what Lydia Hess does every day as an Art Director, designer and member of the product development team at Amber Lotus Publishing. Amber Lotus strives to consistently offer paper products that are unique, authentic, and distinctive for the mindful consumer. Their focus is creating calendars,
datebooks, greeting cards and, more recently, an Artist Series of Coloring Books that nurture, renew, and expand the soul. In addition to her “day job”, Hess is also a seasoned independent illustrator, having completed Sacred Nature and four other books in the Coloring Books for the Soul series for HarperElixir, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishing. Read more here:www.amberlotus.com
www.lydiahess.com

 

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Read all about the 2016 Winners HERE

So you can get an idea of how it all works, the key dates for the 2016 competition were as follows:

GTS registration closes: Wed 27 July, 3:59pm PDT / 6:59pm EDT / 11:59pm (BST, UK)

Release of Assignment 1: Friday 29 July

Deadline for submission of Assignment 1: 9am PST / 12 noon EST / 5pm GMT on Friday 12 August

Announcement of Top 50 shortlist of Semi-Finalists and release of Assignment 2: Friday 19 August

Deadline for submission of Assignment 2: 9am PST / 12 noon EST / 5pm GMT on Monday 29 August

Public gallery open / judges vote: Wednesday 31 August – Monday 5 September (gallery closes for voting at 9am PST / 12 noon EST / 5pm GMT on Monday 5 September)

Announcement of Finalists / release of Assignment 3: Wednesday 7 September

Deadline for submission of Assignment 3: 9am PST / 12 noon EST / 5pm GMT on Tuesday 20 September

Announcement of 2016 Global Talent Search winner: Wednesday 28 September

*Please note, as per the Terms & Conditions, these dates are subject to change without notice by the Organizers.

Before you enter the Global Talent Search please read these Terms & Conditions carefully. If you choose to enter, this will mean that you accept all the Terms & Conditions laid out here.

(1) The Global Talent Search (GTS) is open to anyone who is (i) over 18 and (ii) not currently represented by another agent or studio in the US. (Other restrictions may apply. Please see our FAQ page for more details.) Entrants can be residents of any country. However, staff and immediate family of Lilla Rogers Studio, Do What You Love Ltd or the Judging Panel will not be eligible.

(2) GTS is organised by Lilla Rogers Studio and Do What You Love Ltd (‘The Organizers’).

(3) The prize is as listed on the Prize page (via the ‘Prize’ tab above). The Organizers reserve the right to change the prize offering at any time, including withdrawing or adding prizes. There is no cash alternative and prizes are not transferable, refundable or endorsable.

(4) In order to be considered, entrants must register via the offical form by the published deadline. No registrations after this deadline will be considered.

(5) There is a non-returnable adminstration fee of GBP25 (approx. $38) to register, which is payable in full upon registration. An early bird discount may be offered by the Organizers for a limited period at their discretion. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER THE COMPETITION FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER.

(6) The competition will be run as explained on the ‘How it works’ page (via the tab above). The Judging Panel’s decision on the five shortlisted Finalists is final and no correspondence will be entered into. A sixth Finalist will be selected by public vote, with the shortlisted candidate with the most votes being selected as ‘The People’s Choice’. In the event that ‘The People’s Choice’ winner is also selected by the Judging Panel, the Judging Panel’s sixth choice will be offered a place in the final.

In the case of any tie or dispute Lilla Rogers has the casting vote on the choice of any finalist chosen by the Judging Panel and/or People’s Choice Finalist.

In addition, Lilla Rogers reserves the right to add one or more further finalists at her sole discretion should she choose to do so.

(7) The overall Winner will be decided by Lilla Rogers, whose decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

(8) By submitting your artwork for any stage of GTS you hereby grant to The Organizers a non-exclusive, worldwide royalty-free license to show your submitted image(s) online and in any published materials relating to GTS and its promotion, now or in the future. No fee is payable for showing your work in the context of GTS. You will retain all rights to your own work.

(9) You will only submit work which is wholly owned by you, was created in response to the GTS brief set, and does not infringe any copyright or other intellectual property rights. The Organizers will not be held responsible should you submit work which is subsequently proven to have infringed any intellectual property rights.

(10) Anyone submitting work which infringes any intellectual property rights will automatically and immediately be disqualified from GTS.

(11) The Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any work not submitted in line with the Submission Guidelines (which will be provided to all registered participants along with the first brief), or which The Organizers deem offensive or unsuitable. All entries will need to be uploaded to a designated web page. Entries submitted by post will not be considered.

(12) Contestants automatically accept the terms and conditions of this competition and acknowledge all UK laws which may apply. This competition is managed by Do What You Love Ltd (a limited company registered in the UK) on behalf of Lilla Rogers Studio. Any dispute or claim arising in relation to GTS shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales.

(13) Failure to adhere to these terms and conditions nullifies contestant privileges to further participate in GTS as the Organizers see fit to determine.

(14) Only one entry per person is permitted. The competition is made up of three stages of submission. The number of images permitted per round will be stated clearly in the creative brief provided to participants at each stage. Only those selected to proceed to subsequent stages will be sent the later creative briefs.

(15) No changes can be made to published deadlines to accommodate individual requests. The Organizers reserve the right to change any of the published dates at any time without notice.

(16) All 50 shortlisted candidates will be sent a summary copy of the Terms of Agreement of Representation for Lilla Rogers Studio. If any shortlisted candidate does not agree to any of the terms, they will be requested to retire from GTS prior to the announcement of the finalists. In such a case no refund of their entry fee will be payable. Once candidates have been selected as Finalists, it is fully expected that they will ultimately sign an agreement of representation with Lilla Rogers Studio should they win. The start date and all contractual details will be agreed directly between the Winner and Lilla Rogers Studio. The Winner will have the opportunity to speak at length to Lilla Rogers Studio prior to signing any agreement.

(17) You give permission for your email address to be added to the mailing lists of Lilla Rogers Studio and Do What You Love. You can unsubscribe at any time.

(18) Participants are encouraged to submit work well in advance of any given deadline. The Organizers will not be liable for any misadventure, accident, injury, loss or claim that may occur during GTS in connection with participation in the competition; as a consequence of late or lost files or failure of an entry to be received on the website on account of technical problems or traffic congestion or arising from or related to any problem or technical malfunction of computer equipment.

 

Privacy policy

We do not store credit card details nor do we share customer details with any third parties.

 

Delivery policy

The Global Talent Search is delivered online. We do not deliver physical products in the post, but rather send you an email with a link to a password-protected page where you can download your assignment(s) for the competition. This email is only sent to participants who register by the deadline, to the email address you used to register for the class, on the published release date. If you do not receive this information on the published release date please contact us via email to [email protected] so our team can assist you. If you are not selected to proceed to further rounds of the competition you will not receive additional assignments related to those rounds.

Please note that all 2018 Global Talent Search information will be available later this year, please join the waitlist to be the first to hear when we open registration!

For information on previous events, please read below…..

If you have a question please check these FAQ to see if you can find your answer here.

If you cannot find what you are looking for please feel free to email us at [email protected]

  • DO I HAVE TO BE A RESIDENT OF THE USA TO PARTICIPATE?

No, the competition is open to everyone regardless of country of residence. However there are some restrictions – please see our Terms & Conditions for details.

  • WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO ENTER?

First you need to register above by Wed 27 July 2016 (3:59pm PDT / 6:59pm EDT / 11:59pm (BST, UK). Then you will be sent information about your first assignment by email on Friday 29 July. Please see here for full details of how the competition works and here for the full schedule.

  • WHAT ARE THE DEADLINES FOR SUBMITTING WORK FOR EACH ROUND?

Please see here for the schedule of important dates.

  • WILL I BE JUDGED SOLELY ON MY RESPONSES TO THE CREATIVE BRIEF(S) OR WILL MY PORTFOLIO BE LOOKED AT ALONG THE WAY?

The decision on who to include in the shortlist of 50 will be based solely on your response to the first creative brief. The decision on who to include in the final six (via the judges’ vote and People’s Choice) will be made based on your response to the second creative brief, should you be shortlisted. Your response to the first creative brief may also be referred to at this stage. You will be asked to provide information about your online presence (links to your website/blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest etc) although for judging purposes these will only be referred to in the event of a tie.

If you make it to the final six then Lilla Rogers Studio will review your online presence, as well as consider more detailed information about your current situation. It will be in your interest to have your online portfolio up to date so you can shine at this point!

If you are worried that you do not have enough quality work in your portfolio, you may want to consider taking one or more of the Make Art That Sells classes ahead of the competition, which will help you develop more commercially viable art whilst staying true to yourself, as well as giving you an inside look into what Lilla Rogers looks for when considering new artists for representation.

  • IF I WIN, WHAT IS THE PRIZE?

Please see here for details of the career-transforming prize.

  • WHO ARE THE JUDGES?

Our judging panel will be announced in the next few weeks. It is an AWESOME line-up of industry experts. There will also be a public vote in the second round. Lilla Rogers will make the final selection of the winner.

  • WHAT ARE THE JUDGING CRITERIA?

Entrants will be advised of the judging criteria when the first brief is sent out.

  • DOES THIS MEAN I CAN NO LONGER SUBMIT TO LILLA ROGERS STUDIO FOR REPRESENTATION DIRECTLY?

No, you can still do that (via the usual channels at no cost). However please note that the Global Talent Search will be Lilla Rogers Studio’s main focus for finding new talent for the rest of 2016. Lilla Rogers Studio gets thousands of submissions every year, but it is most likely that the next artist to be taken on for representation will be the winner of the Global Talent Search.

  • WHY IS THERE A FEE?

The entry fee covers administration costs and the cost of the bespoke technology to handle all submissions and offer the public voting gallery. Please note no purchase is necessary if you want to submit your work for consideration for representation by Lilla Rogers Studio free of charge via the route of direct submission. However, entering the Global Talent Search will give you the opportunity to respond to a professional-level brief, be part of a widely advertised competition and, if you are shortlisted, get your work featured in our online gallery and in front of our esteemed panel of judges.

  • IF I ENTER WILL THE ORGANIZERS OWN THE RIGHTS TO MY ARTWORK?

No, you will retain all rights to your work, but we will be able to show it in the context of the competition both in our online gallery and in any online and offline promotional materials. Please see our Terms & Conditions for full details.

  • CAN I ENTER MULTIPLE TIMES?

No. Entry is restricted to one submission per person for each round of the competition. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further details.

  • I AM GOING TO BE AWAY WHEN ONE OF THE DEADLINES IS DUE. WILL THIS MEAN I CANNOT ENTER?

Unfortunately the deadlines cannot be altered to accommodate individual schedules. It will be your responsibility to ensure that your entry is submitted on time and in the correct way. We are unable to release assignments ahead of the scheduled date.

  • CAN I GET FEEDBACK ON MY ENTRY?

We are sorry but due to the large number of entries anticipated, we will not be able to provide individual feedback on work submitted.

  • HOW MANY CREATIVE BRIEFS DO WE GET?

Everyone who enters will be sent one professional-level creative brief on Friday 29 July. The 50 people shortlisted will be sent a second creative brief on Friday 19 August, and the six finalists will receive a third creative brief on Wednesday 7 September. (See here for more info on dates). Please note you will only receive the later assignments if you progress to the relevant rounds.

  • DO I HAVE TO DO A COMPUTER-BASED DESIGN?

Both computer-based and hand-drawn work will be accepted, but work will need to be uploaded online. We cannot accept any entries through the post. Full details will be provided to entrants when the first brief is sent out.

  • DO I HAVE TO HAVE TAKEN LILLA’S COURSE ‘MAKE ART THAT SELLS’ TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COMPETITION?

No, but it might help you! The Make Art That Sells courses are designed to help you create more commercially viable art in exactly the markets that the Global Talent Search briefs are designed for. The courses teach you how to make exactly the kind of art that the Judging Panel and Lilla Rogers will be looking for, so if you have been thinking about taking any of the courses we encourage you to do so in order to maximise your chances of success in the competition.

  • CAN I ENTER IF I AM CURRENTLY REPRESENTED BY AN AGENT?
If you are currently represented in the US in any form then we are sorry but you are not eligible to enter. This includes literary representation. We are not in the business of poaching artists from other agencies! The only exception is if you are represented outside the US in a limited number of countries (excluding the US), and if your existing agent agrees that it is acceptable for you to enter. If you make it through to the later rounds you will be asked to produce evidence of this.
  • IF I WIN I AM PREPARED TO LEAVE MY CURRENT AGENT. IS IT OK FOR ME TO ENTER?

No. Please see above. You must not be represented at the time of entering.

  • I WORK AS AN IN-HOUSE DESIGNER AT A STATIONERY (OR OTHER PRODUCT MANUFACTURING) COMPANY. AM I ELIGIBLE TO ENTER?
You will need to check with your employer first as some do not permit in-house artists/designers to be represented by agents. If you make it through to the later rounds you will be asked to produce evidence of their approval.
  • I HAVE SOME EXISTING LICENSING DEALS. AM I ELIGIBLE TO ENTER?
As long as you are not currently represented (see above) it is fine for you to already have some licensing deals in place (whether exclusive or non-exclusive), regardless of whether these were secured by you or previously by an agent whom you no longer work with. If you were to proceed to the final stages you would have an opportunity to discuss ‘house accounts’ with Lilla Rogers Studio – i.e. whether you would want to continue handling those yourself or whether you would want the Studio to take over and handle them on your behalf.

Please note that all 2018 Global Talent Search information will be available later this year, please join the waitlist to be the first to hear when we open registration!

For information on previous events, please read below…..

So you can get an idea of how it all works, the key dates for the 2016 competition were as follows:

Read all about the 2016 Winners HERE

This IS HOW IT WORKS:

(1) You register above anytime up until Wednesday 27 July (3:59pm PDT / 6:59pm EDT / 11:59pm (BST, UK)

(2) On FRIDAY 29 JULY 2016 you will be sent the first professional-level creative brief by email, along with details of how to submit it via a private web portal. This creative brief will comprise a several page downloadable pdf with visuals, trend information, color suggestions, Lilla’s tips, and more. You will need to submit your piece by 9am PST / 12 noon EST / 5pm GMT on FRIDAY 12 AUGUST 2016.

(3) All submitted pieces are reviewed by Lilla Rogers, and a shortlist of 50 is selected.

(4) The 50 people on the shortlist will announced and sent a second professional-level creative brief by email on FRIDAY 19 AUGUST 2016. They will be asked to upload their work to our online gallery by 9am PST / 12 noon EST / 5pm GMT on MONDAY 29 AUGUST 2016.

(5) The online gallery will be open WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST to MONDAY 5 SEPTEMBER. Our panel of judges will choose five finalists, and a public vote will determine the sixth finalist (‘The People’s Choice’)

(6) We announce the list of finalists on www.lillarogers.com on WEDNESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER and email the third (final) professional-level creative brief by email to those finalists.

(7) All finalists will be contacted via email to arrange a one-to-one Skype call with Lilla. This will give them the chance to get to know each other, and discuss the contract and opportunities available to them should they win.

(8) Lilla will select the winner from among the six finalists, and this will be announced on www.lillarogers.com on WEDNESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2016.

Please see the “Key Dates” tab on this page for a full list of dates for each stage of the competition.

Even if you don’t win, EVERYONE WHO ENTERS WILL GET THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS:

  • Have the opportunity to work on a professional-level creative brief and develop a new portfolio piece
  • Get your work in front of Lilla Rogers
  • Be part of something awesome!

And IF YOU ARE SHORTLISTED YOU WILL ALSO GET THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS:

  • Further professional-level creative brief(s)
  • Get your work in front of our judging panel of experts (many of whom buy art for a living)
  • Get your work showcased in our online gallery and raise your profile through our major public voting campaign

So what are you waiting for? Enter now!

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