Licensing Expo unveils slate of artists and designers slated to exhibit at this year's event.
Licensing Expo will offer artists and designers the opportunity to showcase their artwork and designs to the largest audience of brand owners, licensees and retailers in the world this June in Las Vegas, Nev.
Produced by UBM Americas and sponsored by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association, Licensing Expo will be held on June 21-23 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Exhibitors and brands that will be represented in the Art & Design zone include Blaylock Originals, Jim Benton, Sean Danconia, Jenny Foster, Giordano Studios, JQ Licensing, Thomas Kinkade, Joan Marie Art, JD Shultz Artwork and Timothy Raines Studios, among others.
“Each year, I look forward to walking the Art & Design zone to see the innovative displays and cutting edge designs from our art and design exhibitors,” says Jessica Blue, senior vice president, Licensing Expo. “You will always see something new and different in this area and our attendees love the diversity of the imagery showcased.”
“At Licensing Expo 2016, we look forward to connecting with our valued domestic and international licensees as well as prospecting for new partners,” says Kristen Barthelman, vice president, licensing, Art Brand Studios. “At last year’s Expo, we announced our new partnership with artist Marjolein Bastin to great success. With the traffic and visibility at the show, there is really no better place to grow our brands and licensing representation portfolio.”
This year, the Art & Design zone will offer an assortment of features including a live painting demonstration by Robert Holton from drizzle studios! and performance art by Stephen Fishwick (represented by Get Down Art), who will be painting to live music several times per day.
“Since 1982, AMI! has been fortunate to represent a diverse group of artists at Licensing Expo, allowing us to meet manufacturers worldwide,” says Leslie Brewin, president, Art Makers International. “Each year, we look forward to reconnecting with our global and U.S. licensing partners and creating new ones, while helping manufacturers find success with a variety of art to meet their design needs.”
New artists will also have an opportunity to share the spotlight through the New Artists Launchpad initiative housed in the Art & Design zone. This year’s New Artists Launchpad features Bottled Joy Creations, Cat Create anew thing, Hale’iwa North Shore, Mr. Baron Gordon, Susanne Kasielke, Kristina Vardazaryan, Paper Nest Dolls and RiverLights Originals.
Also supporting the zone, along with the other key areas of the 2016 Expo, is the new Matchmaking Service. This pioneering online platform allows attendees and exhibitors to arrange meetings in advance of the show. To pre-plan your matchmaking experience, visit LicensingExpo.com/2016Matchmaking.