Upland, Indiana – Artwork created by Taylor art professor Professor Jonathan Bouw has been selected for inclusion in the Society of Illustrators’ annual jury exhibit. Bouw’s work, images from his book Lantaka, have been selected for the exhibition and the book to be published by the Society of Illustrators.
In Lantaka, Bouw tells the story of a child living in the Philippines. Bouw said the inspiration for the book came from his own experiences growing up in the Philippines and also from a Fulbright Fellowship assignment there.
âI have known many illustrators over the years who have never entered this competition. It is the largest annual illustrator competition in the world. I feel extremely humbled by this and find it hard to believe that I was selected, âsaid Bouw, whose illustrations have been published by Harvard University, University of Massachusetts, University of Washington, Lafayette College, Cumberland College, Northwest Nazarene University and others.
âMemories of my home country have always been an influence in my work. I was born in the Philippines where I spent most of my childhood. I grew up speaking a tribal dialect, loving the smell of durian, making bamboo cannons and thinking that everyone decorated Christmas trees in September, âhe said in his biography on his website. âOf the few accolades that I have received over the years, my greatest joy has been serving as a Fulbright scholar in the Department of Fine Arts and Architecture at the University of Mindanao, Philippines. I am extremely proud to be from the Philippines and more specifically the island of Mindanao. As an illustrator and author, I hope to honor and preserve the culture and traditions of my childhood home, one story at a time.
Bouw received an MA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. As a professional illustrator he has served clients such as Sky Pony / Simon & Schuster, Young Dragons Press, Annie’s Publishing, Oxford University Press, Crooked Lane Books, Book of the Month Club, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The AARP , Education Week, Travelers, Improbable Philanthropy and Christianity Today.