YPG Bay Area Event: Art & Illustrated Publishing Panel

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When: Wednesday, April 4th at 6:00pm

Where: Chronicle Books, 680 2nd Street, 4th floor, San Francisco

The Bay Area is home to some of the most renowned and innovative publishers of illustrated books in the country. Gift books, cookbooks, licensed character books, art instruction books, children’s picture books, museum books, photo essay books—the Bay Area covers it all!

But how do these stunning books get made? What’s it like to work in-house as an editor, designer, or art director on these astonishingly beautiful titles? Where do publishers find illustrators and photographers to work on these books, and where do those talented artists get their ideas in the first place? What does it take to get a job in this corner of our industry? With such an amazing assortment of publishers and projects at our doorstep, we’ve set out to answer all of these questions and more at our first panel of 2018.

We’re thrilled to announce YPG Bay Area’s next panel discussion, featuring professionals from top art and illustrated publishers, including:

Bridget Watson Payne—Executive Editor, Art Publishing, Chronicle Books
Betsy Stromberg—Senior Art Director, Ten Speed Press
Chrissy Kwasnik—Creative Director, Insight Editions
Miriam Klein Stahl—Illustrator, Rad American Women, Rad Women Worldwide, and more
Frances Baca—Vice President, Design, Callisto Media Inc.

A moderator will lead the panel discussion and then open the floor to you at the end. Bring your questions! Get ready to learn about design-focused publishing from the top people in the business.

Please RSVP here!

BRIDGET WATSON PAYNE is the art book editor at renowned independent publisher Chronicle Books. With fifteen years of experience in visual publishing, she has collaborated with hundreds of authors and artists to make their book ideas a beautiful reality. She is also an artist and the author of several books including How Art Can Make You Happy, and her two newest books will be released in 2019. She lives in San Francisco.

In her nearly 18 years at Ten Speed Press, Senior Art Director BETSY STROMBERG has designed and art directed national bestsellers in a variety of categories from cooking to gift, including Franklin Barbecue and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. When she isn’t moving type and images around, she can be found trapped under one or two geriatric cats, or riding a bike around the Bay Area hills.

CHRISSY KWASNIK is the Creative Director at Insight Editions. She joined the company in 2001 to manage and design Harry Potter: Page to Screen, one of Insight’s landmark titles, and then was promoted to Art Director the same year. Since then, Chrissy has overseen the development and design quality of all Insight Editions’ titles. She lives in the East Bay with her husband and two kids.

FRANCES BACA is Vice President, Design at Callisto Media. Frances oversees design for a large volume of general interest titles including books on cooking, fitness, crafts, parenting, psychology, and other genres. Frances joined Callisto Media in 2012 and began building the Design Department from the ground up. Frances holds an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

MIRIAM KLEIN STAHL is a Bay Area artist, educator, and activist and the New York Times–bestselling illustrator of Rad American Women A–Z and Rad Women Worldwide. In addition to her work in printmaking, drawing, sculpture, paper-cut, and public art, she is also the co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School where she’s taught since 1995. As an artist, she follows in a tradition of making socially relevant work, creating portraits of political activists, misfits, radicals, and radical movements. As an educator, she has dedicated her teaching practice to address equity through the lens of the arts. Stahl’s most recent project is a skateboard company called Pave the Way and a new book coming out in July on Ten Speed Press called Rad Girls Can.


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