2016 grad Maria Centola has landed an interesting summer job – hand painting a salmon sculpture for the City of Coquitlam’s 125th anniversary. Congrats, Maria! We’ll post a photo of the finished piece, which goes on display in July.




It’s always a fun day when we get to see the first year students’ favourite pieces of work and hear their feedback about the program. And have pizza for lunch! Here are just a few samples of the lovely work.

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Rodeo7 Winners

IDEA students Jeremy Michael’s “Girl in Grisaille” (above left), Jessica Ngo’s “Disconnected” (above right), and Tierney Milne’s “Sierra Club Annual Report Cover” (lower left), scored First, Second and Third Place respectively in the Illustration category of CAPIC’s Rodeo7 Contest this spring. The annual competition is open to illustration and photography students across Canada, and is followed by a group exhibition in Toronto later this spring.

Making us equally proud: Four of the seven Runners Up were ours, too: Berny Siu Chow, Cristian Fowlie, Vivian Li and Tierney Milne.

Bravo and brava!


A Fall Painting Show


From left: Jeff Burgess; Tony Yu; Brendan Walsh; Jeremy Browns; Lilian Leung

This past summer, IDEA instructor and established painter-illustrator Jeff Burgess mentored 4 IDEA students in his studio: on Mondays, Lilian Leung and Brendan Walsh, and on Thursdays Jeremy Browns and Tony Yu. On a recent Saturday afternoon, Jeff hosted a one-day exhibition for the quartet to unveil what they’ve been working on. There were refreshments, the burble of a garden fountain, refracted sunlight lighting the work to fine effect, and considerable interest – not least in the form of sales.

A piece by Lilian

L. Leung


B. Walsh

3×3 Illustration Contest – x 3 Honourees



When results of the 3×3 International Student Competition were recently announced, 2014 IDEA grad Ksenia Kozhevnikova  was honoured with a Distinguished Merit Award for her entry, “Snake Princess” as well as two Awards of Merit and an Honourable Mention.

Third-Year student Cristian Fowlie was awarded two Awards of Merit and an Honourable Mention for his work.

2014 grad Shu Chen Li also garnered two Honourable Mentions.

3×3 is a fierce contest to crack – congratulations to Ksenia, Shu Chen and Cristian for doing us proud! Their work will appear in the 3×3 Illustration Annual #11.




Rodeo 6 Winners

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CAPIC (The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators) holds an annual national student competition, Rodeo, now in its sixth year. In 2013, IDEA students claimed First, Second and Third Places, and six finalist spots.

This spring, Ksenia Kozhevnikova’s Toxic Beauty (above, top) won First Place and Shu Chen Li won Third Place for Chinese Academics (above). And the Runner Up list was made up entirely of IDEA students: Christopher Winter (for 2 entries), Aaron Campbell, Cristian Fowlie (2), Emily Pedriks, and Shu Chen Li. Brava and bravo to all!



Congratulations to the 2013 Portfolio Award winners. These awards are given based on industry feedback to student presentations of their portfolios.

And a special mention to Allison Chambers, whose design concept “Ideal Connections” was chosen for the grad show concept.

Allison Chambers

CAPIC RODEO5 Contest: The West Wins!

IDEA students virtually cleaned up in the Illustration category of CAPIC’s RODEO5, a national competition of student work. Congratulations to Grad13 Jaime Gervais (First Place, for Lamb, pictured below), Grad 14 Susan Li (Second Place, for Germination), and Grad 14 Emily Pedricks (Third Place, for Nail-Biting). We’re proud of our winners, and of our RODEO5 finalists: Rebecca Joy, Soobin Lee, Lilian Leung, Camille Segur, Madison Tuff-Overes, and Mariko Whitley.

Click on the image to see all the winners.




The 3311 Studio Gallery presents paintings by Jeff Burgess (IDEA faculty) and Adam Briggs (grad 13) and photographs by Bill Anderson and Becky Philpott.
Opening: Sept. 22, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 3311 Charles Street, Vancouver (around the back to the studio). Some works will be for sale (cash and cheques only please).


Many congratulations to Ksenia Kozhevnikova (Grad 14) and Serena Zhang (Grad 11) who both won Merit awards in this year’s 3×3 (The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration) student awards. This is the first time we’ve entered this prestigious contest and we’re very proud of our winners! Their work will be displayed in the 3×3 Illustration Student Show Annual due in the fall of this year.




First year student Susan Li won the top prize ($500 cash and a Cintiq tablet) in CAPIC’s Rodeo 4 awards with her image “Street Lotus” (left in the photo). The CAPIC gala awards were held last Friday night at Capilano – there were many IDEA student finalists this year. The photo shows Susan with two of her entries. More images from the event can be found on CAPIC’s Facebook page.

photo © Rick Etkin

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