Anita Kunz

Anita Kunz has recently been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour by her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada. She has also received an honorary doctorate from the Ontario college of Art and Design in Toronto. Anita has lived in London, New York and Toronto, contributing to magazines and working for design firms, book publishers and advertising agencies in Germany, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Canada, South Africa, Holland, Portugal, France and England.

She has been published regularly in Time magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, The New York Times, Sony Music, Random House Publishing and many others. Articles about her work have appeared in Graphis and Novumgebrauchsgrafik magazines (Switzerland), Communication Arts and Step by Step magazine (USA), Idea, Illustration and Creation magazines (Japan), Applied Arts (Canada), Nuvo (Canada) and The Design Journal (Korea).

From 1988 to 1990 she was one of two artists chosen by Rolling Stone magazine to produce a monthly illustrated History of Rock ‘n Roll end paper. She has produced cover art for many magazines including Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times Magazine. She has also illustrated more than fifty book jacket covers. Anita frequently teaches workshops and lectures at universities and institutions internationally including the Smithsonian and the Corcoran in Washington DC. She has also lectured at prominent Art Schools such as The Art Center and Otis, both in Los Angeles, The School of Visual Arts and Parsons in New York, and in far flung places including Istanbul and Oslo. She has also taught summer workshops at the Illustration Academy in Kansas City, and at the Masters of Art degree program at Syracuse University.

She has been honored with many prestigious awards and medals and her critically acclaimed paintings and sculptures have appeared in galleries world wide, including the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts and the Teatrio Cultural Association in Rome Italy. Her works are in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the Canadian Archives in Ottawa, the Musée Militaire de France in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, and a number of her Time Magazine cover paintings are in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. In 1987 she showed a collection of her works at Canada House in Trafalgar Square London. In 1997 she had a one woman show at the Foreign Press office in New York City, in 1998 she had a solo show at the Creation Gallery in Tokyo, and the Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration mounted a mid-career retrospective of her work in the fall of 2000. She has also had solo shows at the Govinda Gallery in Washington DC and more recently at the Art Institute of Boston. In the fall of 2003 she was the first woman and the first Canadian to have a solo show at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.

In 2000 she was invited to speak as one of The New Yorker magazine cover artists at the annual New Yorker Festival in New York and she was invited to speak at ideaCity on three occasions, a think tank of luminaries from the fields of medicine, politics, science and the arts in Toronto. In spring of 2007 Anita gave a presentation about her New Yorker covers at the TED conference in Monterey California. From 2000 to 2003 she served on the Board of Directors of the Illustration conference. In 2004 she is served as chair for the Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration annual exhibit and she has has also served as chair of the Museum Committee there.

She has also made a number of Canadian television and radio appearances. In 1997 she received the Les Usherwood Lifetime Achievement Award from the Advertising and Design Club of Canada. In 2009 she was one of 100 artists asked by Google to contribute an image for Google Chrome along with Jeff Koons, Jenny Holzer, Dale Chihuly and Vivienne Westwood. That same year she was part of a collection of work curated by Lady Gaga for Polaroid, shown at the Phillips de Pury Gallery in New York. In 2012 she received the Queen’s Diamond Jublee medal of Honour. Anita has been named one of the fifty most influential women in Canada by the National Post newspaper.

Bil Donovan

Bil Donovan is one of today's most accomplished and revered fashion illustrators deemed so by Christian Dior Beauty who appointed him their first Artist-in-Residence in 2009, a role he continues to serve in as an ambassador and illustrator for the brand. As an artist, author, educator and spokesperson he is a true champion of the art form. With a client list that currently includes Neiman Marcus, Vogue, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, St. Regis, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, and the New York Times, and to name a few, Donovan utilizes an innate sense of selectivity in his work to communicate the essence of glamour, luxury and style.

Donovan has been commissioned to create original work that adorns the Christian Dior suite and Presidential suite of the St. Regis. His paintings are also visible in the lobby.

Bil is the author of Advanced Fashion Drawing / Lifestyle Illustration and has illustrated a number of books including The Dress Doctor, from the original by costume designer Edith Head and Birds of a Feather Shop Together, a collection of fashion fables, both for Harper Collins and more recently, The Pursuit of Style for the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Bil shares his knowledge as a part-time instructor at The Fashion Institute of Technology and at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has been invited as a guest speaker to address the genre of fashion illustration at the Illustration Conference in Pasadena California, the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival in Melbourne, Australia, Brooklyn Public Library and recently at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His lectures are always accompanied by a live demonstration.

He is the Chairman of the Frances Neady Collection of Fashion Illustration and an executive board member of The Society of Illustrators in New York City. Donovan is the 2015 recipient of the Stevan Dohanos Award for Excellence in Illustration from the Society of Illustrators.

Donovan has been profiled in various publications recently in Tony Glenville’s Icons of Fashion Illustration and Taschen’s Fashion Illustration Now.

Bil creative utopia is his studio in Brooklyn where he continues to create work that blurs the boundaries between fashion and Fine Art.


Lisa Berryman

Lisa Berryman has been the children’s publisher at HarperCollins Publishers Australia for 15 years and in her publishing career she has worked for a number of different publishing houses including Reed Books Australia. Lisa has also worked in children’s television at the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and taught Editing and Publishing at RMIT in Melbourne.

Lisa commissions the HarperCollins children’s list, which is comprised of titles ranging from picture books to young adult. Lisa publishes a number of best-selling Australian authors and illustrators including Alexandra Adornetto, Jesse Blackadder, Rod Clement, Jackie French, Kelly Gardiner, Susanne Gervay, Alison Goodman, Tiffiny Hall, Rosanne Hawke, Rebecca Lim, James Moloney, Pamela Rushby, PJ Tierney and Bruce Whatley, plus US authors Claudia Gray, John Green and Cynthia Hand.


Tim Claeys

Tim Claeys (born 1964) majored in applied graphics at St Lukas Institute for Fine Arts, Brussels, and did a summer school with Milton Glaser at the School of Visual Arts, New York.

He is a multi-award-winning designer and illustrator and currently specialising in presenting business information.

His artwork has appeared on premium sites such as the 184-metre-long Sydney Silos, on Melbourne’s trams and in Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum.

A former art director with Text Media, creative director for Fairfax Business Media (BRW) and he is currently a director of Coretext – a magazine publisher in Melbourne specialising in tailored R&D and science. Tim has designed more than 80 leading corporate publications, all confident, visually appealing, efficient, innovative and ultimately of consumer benefit.

A versatile media artist, designer and illustrator. His illustrations regularly appeared in national and international designs and publications (Rolling Stone, TIME, Apple Computers, Penguin, The Age, Reed/Elseviers, BP, Brown Brothers etc.). He has exhibited with Dickerson Gallery, FAD Gallery, The George Gallery and Linden Gallery.

Tim has been awarded and recognised by the New York Art Directors Club, Melbourne Art Directors Club, Sydney Art Directors Club, Australian Book Designers, represented in the prestigious Luerzer’s Archive and has also won a IABC Gold Quill for publication design.

Peter Viska

Peter Viska has been a major part of the Australian animation industry for 35 years where he has kept abreast of technology to be a content creator and producer for global television networks, international advertising agencies, online games and small businesses.

Steeped in a history of loving satire and cartoon humour Viska graduated to animation from a career as a political cartoonist and illustrating the famous Far Out, Brussel Sprout, All Right, Vegemite and Unreal, Banana Peel series of books.

Original content creation injected with smiles and irreverence continues to be the driving force in his new projects and TV series.

He leads a team of award winning animators and designers who push the boundaries of animation and fun.

As head of the MICKEY DUCK Animation Co. he directed and produced animation for the advertising industry (Freddo Frog, Target, Telstra, Bloo Loo, Heinz, Uncle Toby’s, Red Rooster, Ted’s Camera, i-select and the TAC) and for 15 years was major supplier of animation for The Australian Children’s Television Foundation (The Greatest Tune on Earth, The Hedge and Mr Snip, Lift Off, Kaboodle). The association culminated in the production of Li’l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers (26 x ½ hrs), which was his original concept and the first Australian – French animation Co-Production.

A global presence necessitated a name change to VISKATOONS.

He co-wrote and directed the hugely successful MonsterChef for ABC3.

Peter was also the Art Director for the award winning casual game, Jolly Rover.

Senior Judge of the Melbourne International Animation Festival for 6 years (2001-2006), Peter has also been a project assessor for the AFC (now Screen Australia). He is Chairman of RMIT’s Master of Creative Media – Program Advisory Committee.

Peter is the Creator, Director and Executive Producer of Jar Dwellers SOS (52 x 11mins TV Series) which is currently being broadcast on Network Ten’s Channel 11 and ABC 3.

He received the Australian Cartoonists Association Stan Cross Award for Animation Cartoonist in 2014.