By Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - The annual gold medals awarded by the Society of Illustrators in New York are considered the Oscars of the profession.

Three internationally recognized artists are getting the top honor Friday for images they created for books.

Allen Crawford, of Mount Holly, New Jersey, won gold for “Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself” - poet Walt Whitman’s celebration of the human psyche.

Alenka Sottler, of Slovenia, won her gold medal for a poetry book illustration titled “Eurydice” that probes the Greek myth.

And Francesca Sanna, an Italian-born resident of Switzerland, received a medal for her work in “The Journey” - a book that explores the heart wrenching need to abandon one’s home amid war.

Their works are on public display at the Society’s East Side headquarters.


This corrects that Sottler won for a book illustration titled “Eurydice,” not a book by that title.

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