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Mentorship Program

The goal of the PSI Mentorship program is to provide support and insight to PSI members who are committed to developing a career in any given genre of the contemporary illustration field or those desiring to expand and enhance their established career.

The current PSI Mentorship team includes six PSI lifetime members who are all professional full time illustrators and who have developed their own distinctive voice and successful practice. The program is chaired by John Ritter and Mark Zingarelli and the mentorship committee includes John Blumen, Fred Carlson, George Schill and Phil Wilson. PSI Mentors have extensive experience in their specific fields, which include Advertising, Animation, Corporate, Children's Books, Comics, Editorial, Greeting Cards, Information Graphics and Publishing. Each mentor has 20+ years of professional experience.

The program is available year round on an appointment basis and is open to all full PSI members who feel they would benefit from an in depth, highly focused assessment of their current work and career by a diverse group of illustration professionals. Each session will include at least four mentors who will meet with two illustrators on the same evening. Mentorship sessions are held at Artist Image Resource on Pittsburgh's North Side on Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. or alternate locations/times that are mutually agreed upon and convenient for the whole group. The tone of these gatherings is relaxed and casual but we ask that artists come highly prepared to present a complete body of work and to articulate their professional goals as well as the current status of their illustration career. A discussion of the artist's portfolio, career history, setbacks, successes and aspirations will follow. At the conclusion of each session, the team will corporately discuss possible strategies with each artist to address their individual career goals.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this unique and valuable resource which PSI presents at no charge, please contact: John Ritter john@ritterillustration.net or Mark Zingarelli markzing@comcast.net to schedule a meeting.