Concept artists are integral to the entertainment business – and increasingly so, as the gaming industry grows and cg imagery spreads across cinema. And yet, with a few superstar exceptions, their achievements are rarely celebrated, their names barely known to the public. That may start to change with the launch of The Concept Art Awards, the first initiative of its kind.
The inaugural ceremony will take place on September 7 in Pasadena, California. The idea is to draw attention to those individuals who design the characters, environments, and other creative assets that populate our favorite imaginary worlds. The host is the Concept Art Association, an organization dedicated to raising the profile of these artists.
“I really want to highlight this amazing group of talented individuals that I am honored to call peers, and what they bring to these industries,” says Ryan Meinerding, Concept Art Association co-founder and head of visual development at Marvel Studios. “I think this event is going to do just that. There has never been anything like it for concept artists before and I’m excited to say it’s finally happening, not just for the artist community but for a wider audience as well.”