New Show Lightbox Expo To Include The Concept Art Awards

by Olly MacNamee

Happening this weekend at the Pasadena Conference Center is the very first Lightbox Expo, a convention featuring over 250 of the best artists in animation, illustration, live action and gaming industries. And, at this inaugural show will be the first Concept Art Awards.

Blade Runner 2 concept art

Amongst the various categories in these awards there’s the inevitable Lifetime Achievement Award, with several winners. Those are H.R. Giger (Alien), Ralph McQuarrie (Star Wars), Jean “Moebius” Giraud (TRON), Ron Cobb (Back to the Future) and Syd Mead (Blade Runner). Here’s more about the reasons behind an awards show that celebrates those people behind the camera working on the concept art that’s behind your favourite films.

The Concept Art Association will host its first annual award show: The Concept Art Awards, presented by LightBox Expo. The new industry award is the first of its kind to recognize and bring increased awareness of the role that concept artists throughout the world of movies, television, video games and more. The award ceremony is just of the highlights of LightBox Expo, a one-of-a-kind event featuring 250 of the best artists in the animation, illustration, live action and gaming industries under one roof for the ultimate celebration of art.

Original Artwork by Ralph McQuarrie
Restoration/Retoucher by Wade Lageose on December 2015

Hosting the awards will be Jonah Ray (Mystery Science Theater 3000) and feature presenters such as Iain McCaig (Star Wars), Neville Page (Star Trek), Mingjue Helen Chen (Ralph Breaks the Internet), Bobby Chiu (Alice in Wonderland), Robh Ruppel (Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End), Dan Luvisi and many more special guests. Sound like it could be fun.

Lightbox Expo runs between Friday September 6th through to Sunday September 8th.

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