Designer Brian Froud and Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki

On September 12, the Concept Art Association will bring its annual Concept Art Awards ceremony, presented by LightBox Expo, into the virtual space. Hosted this year by Max Greenfield (New Girl) and Carla Renata (Superstore), the event is the first of its kind to recognize and bring increased awareness of the role of concept artists throughout the world of movies, television, video games, VR, theme parks, and more.

Concept art by Brian Froud for The Dark Crystal

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to creator and co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) and fantasy artist Brian Froud (The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth). The LBX Concept Art Luminary Award, celebrating a person from the concept art community who has made an impact with their artwork in the past year, will be presented to Christian Alzmann for his work on The Child in Star Wars: The Mandalorian.

In 2019 H.R. Giger (Alien), Ralph McQuarrie (Star Wars), Jean “Moebius” Giraud (TRON), Ron Cobb (Back to the Future), Syd Mead (Blade Runner) were honored with the Concept Art Awards’ Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award at LightBox Expo in Pasadena, CA.

Concept art for Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro

During the event, artists will be honored for their excellence in the Professional categories of Live Action for film and series, Animation for film and series, Games (both mobile and PC/console), VR, and then Original Concepts/Independent, Student Work, and Fan Art. Art was submitted from projects such as The Last of Us Part II, Klaus, Birds of Prey, Frozen II, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and dozens more. The event will be live streaming from Gnomon School of VFX and Animation in Los Angeles.

Saturday, September 12, 2020 6:00 PM


Animated Film – Character Finalists

“The Two Clans” – Daniel Fernandez Casas | Klaus (SPA Studios/Netflix)

“Klaus Character” – Torsten Schrank | Klaus (SPA Studios/Netflix)

“Margu” – Torsten Schrank | Klaus (SPA Studios/Netflix)

“The Nokk” – James Woods | Frozen II (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

Animated Film – Environment Finalists

Scoob! – Zac Retz

“Forest” – Szymon Biernacki | Klaus (SPA Studios/Netflix)

“Post Office” – Szymon Biernacki | Klaus (SPA Studios/Netflix)

“Smeerensburg” – Szymon Biernacki | Klaus (SPA Studios/Netflix)

“Scoob” – Zac Retz | Scoob! (ReelFX/Warner Animation Group

Animated Series – Character Recipient

“Tulip” – Allison Kim | Infinity Train (Cartoon Network Studios)

Animated Series – Environmental Finalists

“Bucks Store” – Guillermo Bustos | The Last Kids on Earth (Netflix)

“1970s London Classroom” – Melissa King | Infinity Train (Cartoon Network Studios)

“Background Paint” – Melissa King | Infinity Train (Cartoon Network Studios)

“Roller Rink Pink Palette” – Melissa King | Infinity Train (Cartoon Network Studios)

Registration, with options from $1 to $40 for full access and exclusives, is open now at

The Concept Art Association was created with the mission of elevating and raising the profile of concept artists, their art and their involvement in various entertainment industries. At the center of their organization is an annual Concept Art Awards show, where these behind-the-scenes individuals working in entertainment concept art are showcased and recognized for their craft. The Concept Art Association was founded by Talent Manager Rachel Meinerding. Her husband Ryan Meinerding is a veteran concept artist in the film industry and Head of Visual Development at Marvel Studios.


David Raiklen
David Raiklen

David Raiklen wrote, directed and scored his first film at age 9. He began studying keyboard and composing at age 5. He attended, then taught at UCLA, USC and CalArts. Among his teachers are John Williams and Mel Powel.
He has worked for Fox, Disney and Sprint. David has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2004 American Music Center Award. Dr. Raiklen has composed music and sound design for theater (Death and the Maiden), dance (Russian Ballet), television (Sing Me a Story), cell phone (Spacey Movie), museums (Museum of Tolerance), concert (Violin Sonata ), and film (Appalachian Trail).
His compositions have been performed at the Hollywood Bowl and the first Disney Hall. David Raiken is also host of a successful radio program, Classical Fan Club.