by Katy Dang
Local artist Bill Carman, professor of Illustration and Drawing at Boise State University, longtime favorite of Boise's Basement Gallery and regular BW contributor, has won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators of New York. Carman's winning illustration, Fine Dining, depicts a suit-wearing, wide-eyed rabbit sitting down to eat a plate of octopus. Like many of the characters from his "Blue Glass Circus" series—which will be familiar to fans of his work—the rabbit is wearing a bright blue monocle. And like much of his work, it is a small painting, rich in detail. Basement Gallery owner Perry Allen, owns the piece, which he bought at one of Carman's shows in his gallery last year.
The Society of Illustrators of New York, founded in 1901, is one of the most prestigious organizations dedicated to the art of illustration. The annual competition receives over 7,000 entries each year in a variety of categories, from editorial to commercial. Carman's award is in the institutional category. The winners of the juried competition are shown at the illustrious Society of Illustrators Gallery in New York's Upper East Side, the winning entries are featured in the Society's publication, the Annual of Illustration. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the book.
Carman will travel to New York to attend the awards ceremony and receive a gold medal in late March. His work will be on display, along with the other winners, beginning March 29. You can see more of Carman's work at the Basement Gallery's current show, "What's That Noise in the Basement?" which runs through February.
Basement Gallery, 928 W. Main St., 208-333-0309.