iam8bit, the company behind all those beautiful vinyl soundtrack releases, is partnering with the Game Developers Conference to present ART BOSS, a new game art showcase.
ART BOSS will take place during GDC 17, which runs from 27 February – 3rd March at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. The showcase aims to become the definitive annual exhibit for artists working within the games industry and will include submissions from all stages of game development, from concept through to release.
Artists can submit their work for consideration here until 6th January, 2017. All art, including pre-production concept art, production art, and in-game assets are eligible. Artists who have their work selected by the showcase jury will each receive a complimentary GDC All Access pass.
Jon Gibson, founder and co-owner of iam8bit, said:
“Games are beautiful vessels for artwork, from textures and renders, to concept art and promotional collateral. Every element is an essential part of the whole; we’re proud to work with GDC to showcase all of it. Just as GDC has inspired and connected thousands of the greatest game developers in the world, ART BOSS aims to honor and highlight visual artists for their passion and creativity.”
Each selected piece will include an accompanying photograph and biography of the artist. They will also be stored in a permanent physical and digital archive, allowing the collection to be viewed worldwide.
Meggan Scavio, general manager of GDC, said:
“GDC prides itself on the diversity of content and voices at the event, and our work with iam8bit and ART BOSS is no different, bringing together artwork from all phases of game development, including concept art, production art and in-game assets. There’s no submission fee for ART BOSS, giving all artists a shot at showcasing their amazing work to an audience who shares an emotional connection to the art of game development.”