Meet the Spectrum 26 Judges

Kei Acedera

After high school, Kei enrolled in the animation program at Sheridan College in Ontario, where she had the opportunity to meet many influential fellow artists--including Bobby Chiu, whom she later joined at Imaginism Studios as co-owner and art director. Since then, she has designed characters for film, television, publishing and advertising.

Kei's art and imagination have made her a go-to illustrator and an idea-maker for projects such as Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. She has worked with many studios--including Disney, DreamWorks, Illumination, Sony Imageworks + SPA, Passion Pictures, Warner Brothers and Universal, to name a few--and with such directors as Kevin Lima, Peter Chandeland and Oscar-winner Brenda Chapman. Kei won an Emmy Award in 2015 as a co-creator and producer of the animated children’s adventure show Niko and the Sword of Light.

Kei currently lives in Toronto but enjoys traveling the world with her workshop series Schoolism LIVE. She loves photography, music, and animals. Wherever she goes--and whatever culture she is exploring and experiencing at that time--Kei is constantly inspired and moved by the fact that, no matter our differences, the arts will always transcend our boundaries. This, she feels, is the beauty of art and ultimately why she is passionate about supporting and growing the art community.

Learn more about Kei and view samples of her work at imaginismstudios.com

Wesley Burt

Wesley Burt is a California-based freelance illustrator, concept artist and gallery artist who has designed, developed and illustrated some of today's most iconic characters in the film, videogame and table-top game industry. Born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, he went on to study traditional drawing, painting and printmaking at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio. Combining his background in traditional fine art with his personal interests in the more fantastical worlds of movies, comics, games and other imaginative prospects, Wesley has built a tremendously successful career in the fields of concept art and illustration. Working many years on his own and with Massive Black--a freelance boutique concept and illustration studio originally in San Francisco--he has created concepts, designs, illustrations and visual narrative storytelling for numerous studios and projects, such as Marvel Studios' Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. For Paramount Studios, he has worked on the Transformers film franchise, GI Joe I and II and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. His work for Bethesda Softworks includes Fallout 3 and New Vegas. He also worked on The Sims 4 for EA Games, Batman: Arkham Origins for Warner Brothers and League of Legends for Riot Games. Furthermore, Wesley has contributed to Hasbro, Ubisoft, Activision and ArenaNet, plus Wizards of the Coast's Magic: The Gathering and many others, including Dungeons and Dragons. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to look for exciting new projects and stories to collaborate on while also developing his own personal adventures through drawing and painting.

Learn more about Wesley Burt and view samples of his work at instagram.com/wes_burt/

Bobby Chiu

As co-owner of Imaginism Studios and Schoolism, Bobby Chiu is a big believer in supporting fellow artists in the community. He has lectured at various schools and events around the world as well as in his own workshop series, Schoolism LIVE--sharing art tips, talking about his experiences as an independent artist and offering business advice on how to succeed as an artist that most art schools don't teach. In 2010 Bobby published a book on this topic, The Perfect Bait, which has been recorded into an audiobook that's free on YouTube. He enjoys connecting with other artists as well as fans. With more than 150,000 subscribers on YouTube, he regularly interviews top artists from the art industry and streams video of him and his guests hanging out, chatting about life as an artist and answering questions from fans.

Bobby began his art career at the age of 17, designing Disney, Star Wars and Warner Brothers figures for Thinkway Toys. He currently does multimedia concept designs, creating characters, creatures and beasts for such blockbuster motion pictures as Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, Men in Black 3 and many more. Bobby also teaches digital painting online at Schoolism.com and publishes art books.

Over the years, Bobby has been recognized for his creative work and has been featured in various magazines and juried art annuals. He also has been the recipient of several awards, including an Emmy for the animated children's adventure show Niko and the Sword of Light.

Learn more about Bobby and view samples of his work at imaginismstudios.com

Edward Kinsella III

Edward Kinsella III is an award-winning illustrator from St. Louis. His accolades include five medals from the Society of Illustrators and three from Spectrum.

Edward's many clients include Afisha Media, Atlantic Monthly, Black Dragon Press, Bloomberg Markets, The Criterion Collection, Entertainment Weekly, Folio Society, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mondo, Nautilus Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Penguin, Playboy, Reader's Digest, The Progressive, Rolling Stone, San Francisco Magazine, Scholastic, Scientific American, Simon and Shuster, Smithsonian Magazine, Sub Pop Records, Texas Monthly, the United States Postal Service, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Wired.

Learn more about Edward and view samples of his work at edwardkinsellaillustration.com

Colin and Kristine Poole

Born into families with artistic lineages, Colin and Kristine Poole have been following their creative paths since childhood. Through their early years, they developed similar passions for representational art and rendering the human figure. In 2008, the pair combined their artistic talents to develop their current style of classically inspired contemporary realism. They are devoted to their study at museums around the world, making annual pilgrimages to draw inspiration from many diverse genres, artists and periods.

While both maintain individual bodies of work, their collaborative clay and bronze sculptures have been recognized with awards in international exhibits and publications, including being featured in The Wall Street Journal. Collectively, Colin and Kristine have been commissioned to create works for National Geographic, the National Audubon Society, Spectrum Fantastic Art, the Denver Comic Con, Daimler-Benz, Exxon and Lourdes Cathedral in France as well as numerous Fortune 500 companies. The scale of their work spans small to life-size to monumental bronze public artworks, most recently for the Carnegie Library in Howell, Michigan.

The Pooles have been invited to lecture on their art and business for organizations across the country, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Albuquerque Museum of Art, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, the Las Cruces Museum of Art, Santa Fe College, the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University and Western New Mexico University.

For more information about Colin and Kristine please visit: colinpoole.com and kristinepoole.com