2021 Banner Challenge Winners Announced

We recently held our second annual illustration challenge for new banners to grace the top of our website and our social media profile backgrounds. Our banner changes every six months on December 1 and June 1. Eastern PA illustrators were encouraged to submit banner entries for either Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer. We had many beautiful and creative submissions and we thank all who participated.

And now for the winners!

The banner chosen for our Fall/Winter seasons was illustrated by Kaela Parkhouse!

A little about Kaela:

Kaela Parkhouse grew up in rural Pennsylvania reading every Garfield book she could get her hands on, drawing horses, and playing outside. In college, she was trained primarily in oil and watercolor painting and strives to bring these sensibilities to a digital format. Currently she lives in Philadelphia with her family and is working on a picture book and a MG graphic novel and can’t decide which she enjoys the most. 

The banner chosen for our Spring/Summer seasons was illustrated by Julie Fortenberry!

A little about Julie:

Julie Fortenberry has an MFA from Hunter College. She has been painting for preschoolers and kindergarteners for over 16 years. She illustrated Eve Bunting’s Pirate Boy, and a series of Sydney Taylor Notable books by Rabbi Jamie Korngold. She is the author and illustrator of Grandpa and Jake, Darcy’s First SleepoverPearl Goes to PreschoolThe Artist and the King, and Lily’s Cat Mask, which received a Kirkus starred review and was added to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. 

A big thank you to all who submitted artwork for our banner contest! We plan to change our banner every six months, so stay tuned for next year’s banner contest if youd like to participate.

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2 Responses to 2021 Banner Challenge Winners Announced

  1. alisongreenmyers says:

    Congratulations, Kaela and Julie! Thank you for sharing your art with our EPA SCBWI region!!

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