NYC Artist Tom Christopher to Judge ArbeitenZeit Media's Student Art Contest

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Master of Form and Color to Assess Book Covers Designed by College Art Students for Pen Fairchild's Royal Progress

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The design process must be tightly focused in order to distill in one visual the essence of a creative work, like a book or a record album.. I'm looking forward to seeing what the coming generation of artists and designers do with this challenge.

Well-known painter Tom Christopher, himself a beneficiary of formal art education, is to judge cover designs and illustrations submitted by college-level U.S. art students for Royal Progress, first title in Pen Fairchild’s Dystopian series, debuting December 15.

An artist from childhood, Christopher received a BFA from the Art Center College, Pasadena, California. First known for his record covers and magazine illustration, the artist has pursued a career that ranges across the full spectrum of creative possibilities. In addition to writing books about art, he’s also produced commercial illustrations, staged public installations, and participated in group exhibitions. He’s a founder of Lift Trucks Project, an alternative art space in New York. What he’s most famous for, however, are his paintings of the urban scene, particularly New York City, and his art has hung in prestigious galleries in the U.S. and abroad. Among the many private and museum collections in which his work is to be found are those of former First Lady Laura Bush; author Lee Child; publishing company Conde Nast; actor Michael Douglas; manufacturer Ford Motor Corporation; investment bank Goldman Sachs & Co.; the Office of the Mayor, New York; The Museum of the City of New York; newspaper publisher The New York Times; composer Stephen Schwartz; and entertainment conglomerate Time Warner, Inc.

“The design process must be tightly focused in order to distill in one visual the essence of a creative work, like a book or a record album,” Christopher says. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the coming generation of artists, designers and illustrators do with this challenge.”

Christopher's work has often been likened to good jazz, and the relationship between his paintings and music is the subject of multiple YouTube videos. Also popular on YouTube is Christopher's description of his performance installation on the ground floor of the Brill Building in Times Square. Further information about Tom Christopher, his process, and his upcoming activities and exhibitions may be found at

The ArbeitenZeit Media Student Art Contest opens September 1, 2015, and closes October 15, 2015. Top prize is $1,000.00. There is no entry fee. Eligibility is limited to students eighteen years of age and older enrolled and actively attending art courses in a U.S. college or university or in an accredited U.S. art school. Rules and entry form may be found at

ArbeitenZeit Media is a publishing company that focuses on serving readers useful and/or entertaining titles in the formats in which they want to access them. Further information may be found at

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