It’s an honor to announce that the Lisa Sirbaugh Creative (formerly Lisa Gorham Creative) illustration of Austrian composer, Johann Strauss Jr., created for Catoctin Breeze Vineyard has been chosen in the American Illustration 41 Competition. This year’s winning work will be presented at AI’s annual launch party and exhibition at The Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York City on November 10, 2022. From more than 7,000 entries submitted by illustrators, magazines, agencies, publishers, and schools, only 796 winning entries were chosen and are on permanent display in The Archive. Of the winning entries, 307 pieces were selected to be published in the AI 41 Annual Book.

Thank you to American Illustration and the AI 41 grand jury for this tremendous recognition, and congratulations to all of this year’s incredibly talented winners!


The American Illustration 41 Grand Jury

This year’s distinguished jury was made up of art, photo, and design creative professionals, including: Keith Henry Brown, Art Director/Illustrator; Shoshana Gordon, Axios; Dian Holton, AARP; Leeya Rose Jackson, Noise Makers Design; Ben King, BuzzFeed; Justin Long, Vanity Fair; Angelica McKinley, Disney, formerly Google Doodles; Matt Singer, Warby Parker; Andrea Zagata, The New York Times; and Zipeng Zhu, Dazzle.

The Johann Strauss Jr. illustration was created as part of the Catoctin Breeze Vineyard 2020 Waltz Albariño wine label design, the latest addition to their Composer Wine Series. Each wine label within this series showcases a famous composer, all of which were hand-drawn while listening to a notable composition by each respective artist. For the Waltz Albariño, Strauss Jr. was illustrated while listening to his Voices of Spring Waltz. This was the thirteenth illustration and wine label created for the series and the fifth to be honored by American Illustration. Four addition composer illustrations were selected for the American Illustration 34 Annual.

Founded in 1982 by a committee of esteemed illustrators and art directors, American Illustration–American Photography (AI-AP) was created as a direct alternative to other leading organizations and companies of the day who it was thought were not recognizing unconventional, “cutting-edge” work that was being produced by unheralded artists who were pushing the boundaries of commercial work.

The AI-AP juried award annuals, offering high visibility and well-deserved recognition where it matters most, are still published in all their large-format, luxurious, hardcover glory, staying true to their founding principles of celebrating great photographers and illustrators, lavishly showcasing commissioned and personal work that’s ahead of its time, while honoring the publications, creatives and agencies responsible for assigning and utilizing the winning images. Students and schools are also celebrated right along side established and emerging artists.


Lisa Sirbaugh Creative (formerly Lisa Gorham Creative) is a multi-disciplinary branding and graphic design studio dedicated to creating distinct and engaging brand experiences. Working in partnership with clients, we develop powerful solutions framed by strategy and creativity to form dynamic brands that people connect with.

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