The jurors of the Society of Illustrators’ 61st-annual exhibition, Illustrators 61, have awarded William Low, Illustration, the silver medal in the institutional category. Three paintings in the series—which was art directed by hospitality designer and FIT alumnus Tony Chi—feature imagery of Hong Kong, site of a new Chi-designed Rosewood hotel.
“Painting and drawing my visual experiences in Hong Kong was an opportunity to share my ‘sense of place’ with designer Tony Chi, the Rosewood Hotel Hong Kong, and their guests,” Low said of the series. “While Hong Kong proved to be too dynamic of a location for me to paint plein air, my journeys there and visual studies provided endless impressions of the city for me. I have only touched the surface of a complex metropolis that prides itself in speed and change.”
Low’s award-winning work will be on display during the first part of the exhibition, January 9 through February 2, at the Museum of American Illustration. The museum is located at 128 E. 63rd St. in Manhattan.
This is not the first time Low has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators. In 1993, he received a silver medal for Advertising Illustration; in 1992, it was a silver medal for book illustration; and in 1991, he was awarded the silver medal for editorial illustration. His clients have included the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, MacMillan Publishers, the U.S. Postal Service, and Houston’s restaurants. He has both authored and illustrated over a dozen book titles and has created public works projects in several locations in New York as well as multiple gallery exhibitions.
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others.
For more information, contact Low, (212) 217-5829.