Welcome to Illest of Ill

lllest of Illustration is an annual, student-run gallery show at the Ringling College of Art and Design Exhibition Hall. Every October the Illest Crew brings professional illustrators to the Ringling Campus to give lectures and demos, judge all the pieces submitted to the show, and attend the event as our special guests. This year’s show, themed “The Final Frontier” opens on Friday, October 10 at 7:30pm, and will be judged by illustrators Victo Ngai and Rebecca Mock. The exhibition displays the work of Illustration Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors from Ringling. It is an opportunity for the students to experience a gallery setting and create a motivating work environment.



Please do remember that the Final Frontier theme only applies to the Poster & T-Shirt design contest, decorations and costumes for the exhibition! File size and format specifications for these designs will be announced as school begins (though count on a vertical format).


Each participant (members of RCAD’s Illustration department only) can submit a maximum of 3 entries, including sketchbook and sculpture entries. Submissions will digital so please be sure that you have a high quality digital file or scan to turn in! We will be releasing more details on size, resolution and other specifications as the submission date draws closer.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is Thursday, September 18th by 11PM!


The artwork submitted to the Illest of Illustration show does NOT have to reflect the Final Frontier theme. Subject matter or theme of submitted artworks will NOT affect judging.

Our mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no illustrator has gone before.

We’ve had a couple really classic themes in the past few years so we figure it’s time to start hurtling headlong into the future. From the bottom of the sea to the edges of the universe— think classics like 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea to Indiana Jones to space dramas like Star Wars, Star Trek, and Dune. Where are you going, and which mysterious places, spaces, caves, or trenches will we explore next? This year’s theme is all about exploring the unexplored and unimaginable, from outer space to the inner crust of the Earth.

Meet the team