The Society of Illustrators and The Campanile Foundation, a philanthropic foundation, supporting San Diego State University, are pleased to announce the first recipients of the Society of Illustrators Scholarship in Memory of Joyce Rogers Kitchell.
The Society of Illustrators Scholarship in Memory of Joyce Rogers Kitchell will provide annual support for student scholarships within the School of Art, Design, and Art History at San Diego State University.
This memorial scholarship honors an outstanding illustrator, Joyce Rogers Kitchell, and her lifetime creative contributions to illustration and the Society of Illustrators.
The first two recipients of this award are Ayad Almissouri and Richard Tackett.
Ayad, a native Kurdish artist, bridges the cultural complexities of two distinctive worlds.
After being forced to flee Iraq, Ayad and his family resided in a refugee camp in Turkey. Once amnesty was acquired they embarked on a new life in America. Through his art, Ayad began to explore the psychological pain and conflict associated with his past, paving the road to a freedom of expression, in the form of hope and peace in his work.
Richard’s courage and passion for his art has allowed him to embark on a major life change to pursue his lifelong dream of having a career in illustration. He exhibits a strong foundation in design and illustration and an in depth knowledge of illustrators past and present. With his strong rendering skills influenced by Pulp and Comic artists Bob Peak, Robert McGinnis, and Basil Golgos, Richard’s dedication and hard work is a motivating force to his colleagues and classmates.
A significant goal of the School of Art, Design, and Art History at San Diego State University is the creative growth of its students. Thus, the school focuses on the development of sound undergraduate and graduate programs that provide a strong basic education in art and a high degree of professional competence.
Illustration by Richard Tackett
Illustration by Ayad Almissouri