Category Archives: Marcela Staudenmaier

I am an architect and illustrator, whose passion for drawing, painting and writing goes back to early childhood. Nowadays, my focus is primarily on illustration for children.

Marcela Staudenmaier: A Workshop for Creative Artists, Writers and Performers

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September 30, 2012 at 05:30PM

Charles Coe, Jeff Raab, Roxie Munro, Laura Rossi Totten, Sharon Butler
and Susan Raab.

On Friday, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop moderated by Susan Raab at the Thomas J. Dodd research Center in the University of Connecticut in Storrs: “Crafting a Public Identity, A Workshop for Creative Artists, Writers and Performers on Navigating the Arts Business Maze“.

After an introduction by Terri Goldich, who is the Curator of the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection, Susan Raab presented a wonderful panel of art professionals composed by Roxie Munro, Sharon Butler, Jeffrey Raab, Charles Coe and Laura Rossi Totten. Each did a presentation and a discussion followed.

The information that they shared and their refletions about their own experiences with the art profession was invaluable.

Marcela Staudenmaier: Picture This! Opens this weekend

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September 04, 2012 at 01:24PM

Picture This! is the Danforth Museum of Art’s second annual juried exhibition showcasing new and original artwork created by picture book illustrators. Selected works will be exhibited in the Children’s Gallery, which is dedicated to the art of picture book illustration.  

Enjoy works by Jodie Apeseche, Emilie Boon, Kate Crosgrove, Jennifer French, Fran Gianfriddo, John Steven Gurney, Jen Hill, Gilles Laroche, Salley Mavor, Joe McKendry, Sheli Petersen, Jenny Rappaport, Lynn Reiser, Ilene Richard, Eleanor Rubin, Sybile Schenker, Kaila EunHye Seo, Marcela Staudenmaier, Phoebe Stone, Jill Weber and Katia Wish.

Carol Goldenberg, the juror for this year’s show, studied illustration at RISD. She says about the picture book: “Remember too, that the picture book is most often the first meeting a child has with artwork of any kind, and how important it is for all artists who work with the picture book to bring to it their highest level of quality and craft.”

September 9, 2012 – November 4, 2012
Danforth Museum of Art
123 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA

Marcela Staudenmaier: Picture This!

From: Marcela Staudenmaier illustration
July 31, 2012 at 09:26AM

I’m thrilled to announce that my illustration Good Morning has been selected for the Danforth Museum of Art Annual Children’s Illustration Juried Exhibition that showcases new and original artwork created by picture book illustrators.

This years juror was Carol Goldenberg who writes, teaches, and lectures widely on the art of children’s book design. Carol has designed five Caldecott Medal winning picture books and one Caldecott honor book!

The selected works will be exhibited from September 9 through November 4.

Marcela Staudenmaier: My paper collage cakes made it to the Top Ten!

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July 20, 2012 at 08:14PM

Spoonflower asked designers to create a cake-themed collage using paper and glue, then to create a fabric design. My fabric pattern “100 Percent Paper Cakes” came second!

Marcela Staudenmaier: 3×3 Children’s Show No. 9 Winners Announced!

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July 24, 2012 at 07:05PM

My illustration We are going to tell the King is a merit winner of the 3×3 Children’s Illustration Show No.9 and it’s going to be included in the 3×3 Children’s Show Annual due out in the Winter.

This year’s 3×3 Children’s Show had over
1,500 entries from 35 countries all over the world.
To get into the show entrants needed
to receive the majority of the seven judges’ votes.
The judges this year included Yvette
Ghione, Editor, Kids Can Press, Canada; Lucie Papineau, Art
Director, Canada; Alexandra Penfold, Editor, Paula Wiseman Books
and illustrators Ofra Amit, Israel; Bob Daly; Binny Talib, Australia
and Christiane Beauregard, Canada.

Congratulations to all the medal and merit winners!

We are going to tell the King,
by Marcela Staudenmaier
Three dimensional paper collage, 22″ x 15″ x 3″

Marcela Staudenmaier: Arts Council of Greater New Haven Annual Members Show

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July 14, 2012 at 01:16PM

I will be showing one of my illustrations at the Annual Members Show.

Arts Council of Greater New Haven

Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr.

70 Audubon Street 2nd

New Haven, Connecticut

On display from July 20 through September 14, 2012.
Gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm

Marcela Staudenmaier: Drawing Outdoors

From: Marcela Staudenmaier illustration
July 10, 2012 at 07:40PM

Taking classes under the shade of a gorgeous old tree, it’s among the best things you can wish for!

Marcela Staudenmaier: 100 Percent Paper Cakes

From: Marcela Staudenmaier illustration
July 12, 2012 at 06:44PM

Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, nut-free…They are 100% paper!

This is one of my a brand new paper collages. The image can be repeated indefinitely to make a fabric/paper pattern.

The original measures 26″ x 18″.

Marcela Staudenmaier: Summer figure drawing

From: Marcela Staudenmaier illustration
June 27, 2012 at 11:39AM

This Summer, I am taking a Figure Drawing class at the Lyme Art Association.

Charcoal on paper, 18″ x 24″

Marcela Staudenmaier: Celebration of the 2012 New Voices in Children’s Literature

From: Marcela Staudenmaier illustration
May 21, 2012 at 01:57PM

On Wednesday, May 16, the Shoreline Arts Alliance celebrated the 12th annual New Voices in Children’s Literature competition and bestowed the 2012 Tassy Walden awards at the James Blackstone Memorial Library, in Branford, Connecticut.
This annual juried competition was established in 2001 to encourage and nurture the creation and publication of exceptional quality books for children by unpublished Connecticut writers and illustrators.
The event was open to the public. And all had the chance to hear readings and view artwork from the winning submissions, as well as to mingle with other authors and visual artists at a reception following the awards presentation.
The evening started with presentations by author and illustrator Deborah Freedman, a former Tassy Award recipient, and by author Doe Boyle, who is the Tassy Awards Committee Chair.
I had the honor to show my artwork at the event and present slides from my portfolio that was selected 2012 Winner in the Children’s Book Illustrator’s Portfolio category.

Ainu Girl and Cranes by Marcela Staudenmaier

Editors, publishers and art directors from major children’s publishing houses selected the following recipients for this year’s awards:

Picture Book (text):
  • Halloween House by Nicole Panteleakos, Plainfield
  • How Many Sleeps Till Grandma Comes? by Carol Boas, Wilton
  • A Princess Needs A Parade by Betsy Devany, Ledyard
  • Pond Monster by Jacquelin C. Devlin, North Haven
  • Little Brother by Jessica Loupos, Gales Ferry 
Illustrated Picture Book:
  • Aqua Marine by Lynne Stephens Massey, Norwalk
  • Aubrey and the Circus by Amanda Boyd-Yin, Stamford
  • The Amazing Imaginary Adventures of Skippy & Lou by Magge Gagliardi, Berlin
  • Abecedarium Insectarium by Lynne Stephens Massey, Norwalk 
  • Dear Friend by Marcela Staudenmaier, New Haven
Illustrator’s Portfolio
  • Anneliese Juergensen, Cheshire
Middle Grade Novel
  • The House and the Hurricane by Nick Appleby, Hamden
Honorable Mention:
  • Indiana Bamboo by Meira Rosenberg, Stamford
  • Paisley Flynn and the Magic Hat Society by Kimberly Ciecko, Madison      
  • Ibbie-Rae Paves the Way by Betsy Devany, Ledyard
  • The Weed Whackers, Open for Business by Barbara Gold, Stamford
  • Sarah the Bold by Eileen Lettick, Wallingford
  • In the Bag by Edna Wells, Northfield 
  • Listening in the Snow by Jeanne Zulick, Ellington
Young Adult/Teen Novel
  • Greetings from the Miracle by Bette Anne Rieth, Shelton
Honorable Mention:
  • A Novel of the Conquest, 1066 by Meg Eilidh Green, Milford
  • Center Stage by Leslie Cahill, Milford
  • Finding Beauty by Betsy Devany, Ledyard
Congratulations to this year’s Tassy Winners, Honorable Mentions and Finalists!
New Voices in Children’s Literature is produced in part with support from dedicated volunteers and generous funding from Jack and Helen Davis, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation and the CT Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts.  Special thanks to the Blackstone Memorial Library for the use of their auditorium for the awards presentation and reception and to the members of the Tassy Walden Awards committee for all the dedication in coordinating and overseeing this program each year.
If you live in Connecticut and are an unpublished author or illustrator, consider submitting for the 2013 Tassy Walden Awards competition. For more information visit

Marcela Staudenmaier: New Voices in Children’s Literature: Tassy Walden Awards Announces 2012 Winners & Finalists

From: Marcela Staudenmaier illustration
May 08, 2012 at 09:50PM

Magical Summer Night by Marcela Staudenmaier

I am thrilled to announce that I have been chosen as the winner of the Tassy Walden Awards in the Children’s Book Illustrator’s Portfolio category and, I have been named finalist in the Illustrated Picture Book category for my book Dear Friend.
The Shoreline Arts Alliance recognizes the best in children’s books with the New Voices in Children’s Literature: Tassy Walden Awards.  An annual juried competition, the Tassy’s were established in 2001 to encourage and nurture the creation and publication of exceptional quality books for children by unpublished Connecticut writers and illustrators. Editors, publishers and art directors from major children’s publishing houses select the recipients for the awards each year. 
Congratulations to my talented friends Amanda Boyd-Yin, Betsy Devany, Jacquelin Devlin, Anneliese Juergensen, Leslie Cahill, and to each one of this years winners and finalists.
For more information about the Tassy Walden Awards, visit the Shoreline Arts Alliance website

Marcela Staudenmaier: 2012 New England SCBWI – Poster Showcase Contest

From: Marcela Staudenmaier illustration
April 23, 2012 at 06:45PM

I have some awesome news to share!

I have been awarded the Third Place in the Unpublished Category for my entry to the Poster Contest Showcase at the New England SCBWI Conference, last weekend!

The challenge: A Whole New World
How do you go about building an entire world in just one image? How do you use illustration to “keep it real” ?

Congratulations to Milanka Reardon, who was awarded the First Place; and to A.P. Sabourin, who was awarded the Sencond Place!

This year, over fourty posters were judged by a panel of professionals that included award winning illustrators Harry Bliss and Dan Yaccarino.

Marcela Staudenmaier: The SCBWI New England Ann Barrow Scholarship

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I am honored to have been chosen as the Recipient of the Ann Barrow Scholarship at the 2012 New England SCBWI Conference!

The Ann Barrow Scholarship is awarded to an illustrator based on the quality of a submitted portfolio of ten images. The winner receives one day’s free tuition to the SCBWI New England event of their choice during the next calendar year.

Ann Barrow, an important member of SCBWI New England, illustrated over 20 children’s books including Big Blue, published by Charlesbridge in 2004, Butterflies in My Garden, published by Mondo in 2003 and Growing up Abenaki, written by Joseph Bruchec, published by Rigby in 2003. Her career began in 1977 and included book jackets, children’s magazines, greeting cards, giftware and portraiture. Ann passed away in 2006. In her memory, the SCBWI New England Memory Fund created this scholarship.

Thank you to the Scholarship Committee for this award!

Marcela Staudenmaier: April Flowers

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Marcela Staudenmaier: Illustrator’s Saturday

From: Marcela Staudenmaier illustration

I have been interviewed by Kathy Temean. She is the Regional Advisor in New Jersey for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Kathy has a great blog called Writing and Illustrating, where every Saturday she features an illustrator.  It was a wonderful opportunity to talk about my work. Thank you Kathy!

I shared a lot of information and pictures about the steps I take to develop my illustrations.

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