Barry Fitzgerald painted the above image, advertising a new art gallery in Weston, Mo. The piece was selected by an international publishing company, earning Fitzgerald a spot in The Best Illustrators Worldwide 2010/11.

The World's Greatest

Design professor named one of 'World's Best Illustrators'

There’s something about being called one of the world’s best that has a nice ring to it.

Barry Fitzgerald, associate professor of design, earned that honor when he was selected for the Best Illustrators Worldwide 2010/2011. His work will be included in a volume published by Lüerzer’s Archive Inc. this spring.

Barry Fitzgerald, associate professor of design, was recently named one of the "Best Illustrators Worldwide 2010/11.

“I’m honored to be a part of this,” Fitzgerald said. “That’s a really cool title, being among the world’s best.”

Fitzgerald submitted work for the competition late last year. His work was selected from more than 6,000 submissions from more than 1,100 artists around the globe. Lüerzer’s, a publishing company that produces books and magazines dedicated to visual communications, selected Fitzgerald’s piece “Spring.”

The work is a limited edition print Fitzgerald produced to help promote the opening of the Collinson Gallery, a new art space in Weston, Mo. The image shows a flower sprouting up from the ground, curling around in front of a bright yellow sun and sporting a bright, leafy bloom. The image, one of a series of paintings of landscapes and nature, is a book cover of sorts, with two sides that are similar, but not identical.

The piece was one of several that Fitzgerald submitted for judging. It will be included in a paperback book published this spring by Lüerzer’s, which will be publicly available and sent to select stakeholders in the design industry. The book will include works by all 200 selected artists, though not in a ranked format.

Fittingly, Fitzgerald will be holding an exhibition at the gallery that spawned his award-winning work. He is developing a series of works for a one-person show that will open at the Collinson Gallery in May.

Fitzgerald, who also recently had work accepted for a contest by the Society of Illustration of Los Angeles, enters competitions regularly. He remains modest about the works that were selected.

“I make it in some competitions, others I don’t,” he said. “I only enter things that I believe will have a chance, but I’ve done this long enough to know that you can never be sure.”

That’s a lesson he has passed on to his students.

“I tell students that all the time. Your work might not be chosen right away, but you gotta roll the dice and play the game.”

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