NEW YORK, NY (September 24, 2014)— Mark your calendars for April 11th and 12th, 2015, when the Society of Illustrators hosts the MoCCA Arts Festival at a new venue in the heart of New York City’s famed Chelsea gallery district! This year’s Festival welcomes Guests of Honor: Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Scott McCloud, Raina Telgemeier, and J.H. Williams, with additional guests to be named in the weeks to come!
Mere steps from the High Line, MoCCA’s new host venue, Center 548, is located on West 22nd Street among New York’s internationally renowned Chelsea galleries. The MoCCA Arts Festival will encompass three floors of exhibits, on site programming, a gallery of original art showcasing the work of special guests, and a rooftop café, alongside satellite events occurring at venues across the city in the days leading up to the fest. Admission for the general public will remain $5 per day. Applications for exhibitors will be available November 3rd. Although the new space necessitates a slight reduction in the number of tables available, MoCCA is committed to keeping table prices at the same level as last year’s event.
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Society of Illustrators Executive Director Anelle Miller says, “We are so thrilled to usher in a new era for the MoCCA Fest in 2015! Our guests of honor have each left indelible impressions on the comics medium, and how that medium is seen by audiences all over the world. We are proud to host them, as we grow into a new space and an expanded slate of programming that will form a dynamic festival that New York will be proud of. And there’s so much more to come!”
About the Society of Illustrators
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Our mission is to promote the art and appreciation of illustration, its history and evolving nature through exhibits, programs and education. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among many others. Our Museum of American Illustration was established in 1981 and is open to the public Tuesdays-Saturdays. We offer year-round themed exhibits, art education programs and annual juried competitions. Our Permanent Collection houses 2,500 pieces that are cataloged for scholarly use and displayed periodically. In 2012, we acquired the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) Permanent Collection and created a MoCCA Gallery featuring rotating curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art. Approximately 25,000 people visit our exhibits annually. We are thoroughly committed to advancing our mission as a singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration.