Illustration Conference 7 Recap

This past June, Wash U. faculty member and illustrator John Hendrix served as President of the 7th Illustration Conference held in Providence, RI.  We thought that it would be a perfect opportunity to support the conference and attend as exhibitors.  It couldn’t have been more successful or enjoyable!  We met so many creative, friendly people, and were able to promote the MGHL to a whole new group of educators and practitioners.

The opening ceremonies featured a moving keynote speech by Hendrix that you can read here.


Hendrix from the balcony.


It also included dancing alien puppets, accompanied by the What Cheer Brigade marching band.


The conference was like nothing I had ever been to before.  Here I am at our exhibit table.  And below is Head of Special Collections Anne Posega.  Our logo-ed Sharpies were a big hit with conference-goers.


One of the highlights for me was the Rhode Show Bazaar – a juried portfolio showcase and marketplace.  Not only did we have a chance to see and buy some fantastic work, but we also saw many Wash U. alums who were accepted into the bazaar.  I didn’t have my camera with me, unfortunately.  You should definitely check out their work:

The Sponsor Salon – where we were located – was packed during the session breaks, but I did get a chance to snap a few pictures of the crowd.




Attending a conference as exhibitors was something we had never done before, but I’m truly happy we did. We learned a lot and know that the next time will be even better!  Thank you, ICON7 coordinators and attendees, for making us feel so welcome and inspired.

About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.