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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.

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.


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

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