Prismacolor Hosts Inaugural Advisory Council Meeting

Sep 23

Prismacolor Hosts Inaugural Advisory Council Meeting

Recently, Prismacolor enthusiasts and experts gathered together for the brand’s inaugural Advisory Council meeting at awe- inspiring Gallery 37, a local Chicago non-profit gallery that provides programs for area kids.  On Thursday, Sept 1, the ENTIRE Prismacolor team, (even our company president stopped by) hosted 14 of the nation’s most prestigious artists in Chicago for their first-ever Advisory Council meeting.

Keep reading to hear about the council, the meeting and a chance to share your own thoughts!“The Council” as we lovingly call them, includes 14 artists from around the country who are experts in their field and within their chosen disciplines. We had the  full spectrum of talent available to provide us with insight on the cool, new, up-and-coming art trends, offer feedback on current Prismacolor products and get a sneak peek at some new products! The group was thrilled to give their input into what the Prismacolor brand is doing, and the Prismacolor team gained invaluable insights by spending the day with these champions of the art world, plus we had a blast mingling with these amazing people!

Be sure to take a look at these amazing artist’s work and be on the lookout for a guest post or artist interview with these amazing folks right here on Art. Uninhibited, you may even see some familiar names on the list!

Check out pictures from the day and hear all about this amazing group:

Steven Broadway

Steven is originally from Nepal and grew up living and traveling around the world due to his family working for the Embassy. It was exciting for him to observe the variety of people, lifestyles, politics, customs and cultures which prepared him to embrace New York City’s extreme diversity.  He graduated from Parsons with a degree in fashion illustration.  He is a freelance illustrator in the fashion industry and teaches illustration to fashion design students at both Parsons the New School of Design and The Fashion Institute of Technology.

Robert K. Carsten

Robert studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, and at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Italy. His work has been shown at the National Arts Club, the Berkshire Museum, the George Walter Vincent Smith Museum and others, as well as, in national and regional shows. He has won many awards including the Best in Show at the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition, Joseph V. Giffuni Award, Best of Show at the Thorne Regional Juror’s Choice Competition, Irene Hunter First Prize, Robb Sagendorph Award, Academic Artists Awards. His paintings were featured on the cover of and in the December, 2004 issue of The Pastel Journal and in Pure Color/ The Best of Pastel by North Light Books, and in American Art Review. 

David Chu

David is a Professor of Advertising, Design & Illustration at the College of DuPage. B.F.A. Design from Layton School of Art/Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. M.F.A. Design & Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Graduate School of Design at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Designer for General Motors.  Advertising Art Director/Designer for J. Walter Thompson, Young & Rubicam, Campbell Ewald, Publicis, Lintas Worldwide. Worked on various accounts such as; Purina, Ford, Nestle, Unilever, Kellogg’s, Philips, Kodak, Johnson & Johnson, Sanford, Lever Industrial and Warner Lambert.   Freelance illustrator for companies such as; Ford, Nestle, U.S. Top, Purina, Motorcraft, Alpargatas, Dresser, Magazine Auto Esporte.   Taught Advertising and Graphic Design at Robert Morris College in the U.S, and Universidade Mackenzie, Escola Panamericana de Arte at Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Diana Garrett

Diana is a Fine Art Consumer Specialist for Newell Rubbermaid Office Products (Prismacolor).  She travels the Eastern- Half of the USA educating art students, teaching professionals, artists, and retailers about Prismacolor’s portfolio of awesome colorful products.  She began her career in education with a degree from IL State University.  In search of the greater art scene, Diana studied in New York City.  She received her degree in Administration and Supervision with a Visual Arts Focus in a collaborative program at Bank Street College and Parsons School of Design.  She works in many media including colored pencil, pastel, watercolor, mixed media, digital media, and has recently mastered the Prismacolor Art Marker and Illustration Marker. 

Dijana Granov

Dijana is a Bosnian born illustrator and teacher currently living in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004, she returned to the School as a faculty member in SAIC’s prestigious fashion design program. When not teaching at the School, Dijana spends her time pursuing a variety of freelance-based illustration opportunities.

Linda Lucas Hardy

Linda is best known for her stunning paintings done in colored pencil. In 2007 she won the CIPPY Award and the EXXPY Award – the two highest awards given by the Colored Pencil Society of America. Linda has the distinction of being the only colored pencil artist to have won both awards. She is also the only colored pencil artist to have won the International Artists Magazines Grand Prize Award which she received in 2005. Her work has been shown in more than 45 national and international exhibitions and she’s won an equal number of awards and honors.   She is a five-year merit award recipient in the Colored Pencil Society of America, President of CPSA 215, the Dallas/Ft Worth District Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America and enjoys membership in the Mt. Pleasant Texas Art Society.   Linda currently lives in Omaha, TX with her husband of 38 years and Yorkshire Terrier’s, Belle and Bazil. They have seven grown children and sixteen grandchildren. Linda has been teaching classes and workshops since 2000.

Beau Hufford

Beau, also known as Bee Huff, was born in Ohio but has since made better decisions.  His blend of humor, cartoonish sensibilities and obsession for design keep him comfortably set in the world of graphic design, street art and the low-brow art movement.  A caricature artist by trade, Bee focuses on the expressions of his subjects to explore themes of humor, innocence, abundance, laziness, and personal struggles with intelligence and a design sense that showcases his biting wit.  

Steven Miller

Steven is an Associate Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago of Fashion Design, Freelance Fashion Illustrator. (1991), BFA 1982 Art Center College of Design. Clients include: Nordstrom’s, Sears, Lord & Taylor, Nike, Prada. Redken, Max Factor, Vidal Sassoon & Prismacolor. Permanent Collections: Amoco Corp., Allstate Insurance, N.B.D. Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harrods/London, Northwestern University. Associations: Prismacolor Advisory Counsel. Workshops: Toulouse Lautrec 2005 / George Seurat 2004, The Medici / Michelangelo 2002 Irving Penn 1998, for The Art Institute of Chicago.

Shelley Minnis

Shelley got “hooked” on art after winning 1st prize in a “Halloween painting contest” as a 1st grader. Art provided her with an outlet to excel in something that she thoroughly enjoyed, although it wasn’t until her senior year of high school that she had the opportunity to dedicate an entire semester to her artwork.  Shelley later attended The University of North Texas and received a degree in Art Education. After teaching for nine years, she ended up switching her career to business….but still in an art-related field.   Shelley has been with Sanford for the past 12 years and has witnessed the art supply industry grow and evolve. She still feels delight in the fact that so much diversity, creativity and beauty can come from a “simple box of colored pencils”.

Jahaziel MinorJahaziel was born in Tamaulipas, Mexico and moved to the United States in 1996, when he was just 11 years old. Minor is currently attending the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He has been using Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils since the eighth grade and over the years has developed his own unique way of using them. Minor has won many art completions (including a Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencil Competition in 2006) and has taught several colored pencil workshops for the Colored Pencil Society of America and the Sugar Land Art Society.

Melissa Miller Nece

Melissa has a BFA from Lake Erie College and has been teaching drawing, colored pencil, and oil and acrylic painting at the Dunedin Fine Art Center since 1990. She has taught college level graphic design and worked in commercial art. Her work is in manycorporate and private collections, and has been featured in advertising for Stonehenge paper by LegionPaper in the US.

Don Rogers

Don is keenly interested in the creative aspects of problem solving and the effective use of design approaches he can bring to an assignment. To solve a visual problem for a client, to design an image creating an exceptional work of art that meets a commercial need is exciting and satisfying to Rogers.  Since the studio and freelance days in Atlanta [1979-1985] working with a host of advertising, corporate and editorial clients, Rogers continues to build on his technique, conceptual visions and communicative abilities. Through studying the master’s methods of thinking, organization and palette control, Rogers can bring the dullest or the most complex of visual problems to life.

Brian Sauerland

Brian first began working with pastels while attending the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1990. Since then, he has concentrated on pastel paintings of landscapes as well as still life’s and portraits.  Brian is co-founder of WunderLand in Chicago, Illinois staffing veterans in the creative fields such as communications and marketing.  He is a painter of landscapes, still-life’s, and portraits, signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Vice President – Chicago Pastel Painters, Education – Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design – Bachelor of Fine Arts.  He currently resides in Palatine, Illinois, with his wife and two children.

Lynn Stockton

Lynn Stockton has been a high school art teach for 26 years. She is a National Board Certified Teacher. In 2008, she was recognized by the Illinois Art Education Association as the Secondary Art Teacher of the Year. Her students have won numerous awards and scholarships at the local, state, and national levels. She has helped facilitate and restructure the visual art programs of two Illinois school districts, DeKalb and Rockford, and was instrumental in the addition of Advanced Placement Studio Art as an option for high school students in those districts. Lynn has also been director of the Visual Arts Camp at Northern Illinois University since 2001.

Our FABULOUS Council members

Beau and assistant brand manager, Laura, closing the day with a quick pose. Work it, guys!


Shelly shows off her sketch as she tries out some of the upcoming products from Prismacolor!

Now, that you’ve met our FABULOUS council be sure to check back for more tips and interviews from the group AND feel free to leave a comment below telling us what art trends YOU’RE looking forward to seeing in the future as well what you want to hear about from this multi-talented panel!


  1. Jahaziel /

    Great article, but my bio is a little outdated

    • Caitlin /

      Hi Jahaziel-

      The bios were just repurposed from the council documents. Feel free to email me an updated one and I will make the changes.



  2. camilo magalhaes /

    david chu is the best

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