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Illustration research has undeniably expanded and deepened over the past decade. What remains to be discovered or critiqued? What are our blind spots?

Omissions, occlusions, under-seen developments, and hidden opportunities in illustration research ... Join us in November 2023 to explore these together!

The 13th Annual Illustration Research Symposium will be held at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, November 2-4, 2023.

This event is jointly hosted by Washington University Libraries, the Dowd Illustration Research Archive, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and the MFA in Illustration and Visual Culture program (IVC).

Registration and programme here.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact the Blind Spots Program Coordinator Danielle Ridolfi at

This conference is IN PERSON, but two sessions (Round Table Discussion for the Journal of Illustration: Looking Ahead, parts 1 and 2) will be available FREE for virtual attendance. 

To participate in the free virtual sessions, please register so that we have contact information for everyone in order to link them to the virtual programming. Use the normal registration portal and mark virtual attendance, and you will not be charged anything.


Joining the free Journal of Illustration hybrid events


There are two workshops you have access to as virtual attendees (marked “Hybrid Event” on the program schedule), taking place on Thursday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 4th.


To participate in the hybrid event, you will need to access the Teams meeting room and Padlet links, included below. Teams meetings are accessible via app or online through Chrome browser. If you use another internet browser, you will need to download the Teams app.



*Please note all events are listed in Central Standard Time, please adjust accordingly for your time zone. 


  • Thursday, November 2nd, 1:00-3:00pm CST 
    Workshop 1—Round Table Discussion for the Journal of Illustration: Looking Ahead
    Click here to join the meeting (Teams App or Chrome)

            Meeting ID: 387 013 896 754 

            Passcode: P5mHT4

            Download Teams | Join on the web (Chrome)


            *For this workshop, see also the associated Padlet 



            Meeting ID: 348 543 920 768 

            Passcode: KUQQER 

            Download Teams | Join on the web (Chrome)


            *See also the associated Padlet: 



For more information about the full conference, visit


Feel free to reach out at with any questions or concerns. We look forward to "seeing" you virtually at the conference.

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