2022 Banner Challenge Winners Announced

We recently held our third annual illustration challenge for new banners to grace the top of our website, blog, and our social media profile backgrounds. Our banner changes every six months on November 30 and May 31. 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 the current Fall/Winter season was illustrated by Rebecca Hoenig!

A little about Rebecca:

Rebecca is a lifelong book lover and artist. Growing up in a family of English professors, surrounded by mountains and mountains of books and oodles of paper and pencils, it was inevitable that she would want to make her own books.

Rebecca has a BA in Art History and an MFA in Bookarts/Printmaking. After working in the commercial printing industry and museum publishing, she became an art teacher. She recently retired after over two decades as a Museum Educator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where she had the opportunity to write many educational materials for children. She also illustrated a coloring book that has been reprinted several times and given to thousands of preschool students before their visit to the museum. 

Rebecca joined SCBWI in 2016 on the recommendation of acclaimed author/illustrator Greg Pizzoli who was her teacher at a class that she took at the University of the Arts. 

After actively participating in Eastern PA SCBWI events and working and reworking her portfolio and first manuscript, she is finally ready to take a leap of faith and begin looking for an agent who can help her realize her dreams.

The banner chosen for the upcoming Spring/Summer season was illustrated by Kaela Parkhouse!

A little about Kaela:

Kaela Parkhouse is an illustrator, painter, and enamel pin designer. Gesture and expression through line quality is her favorite way to convey thoughts and feelings in art. Her ultimate goal is to write and illustrate picture books and graphic novels that explore relationships and connections between people (or animals!).

Her largest achievement to date is not in illustration, but in science: She worked at the University of Pennsylvania and studied the mRNA vaccine platform before it was approved to be used in humans. She hopes her stories might help young people the way her contributions to science have helped people.

Kaela and her family live in Philadelphia with three cats and a blue-tongued skink named Kevin.

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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