ADC to Salute 2016 Young Guns Winners this September


NEW YORK, August 4,  2016 — The Art Directors Club will honor the 2016 winners of its newly reinvented international ADC Young Guns program at a special celebration and party on September 22, 2016 at the ADC Gallery in New York.

The night also includes the announcement of this year’s Artist In Residence winners, selected from the YG 2016 class by international artists management agency and ADC Young Guns sponsor Levine/Leavitt.  For the third consecutive year, the NY/LA-based agency will provide Artist in Residence honorees with a year of representation, guidance and support from its agents and their Advisory Board of industry professionals.   

This newest class of winners will be the first to receive a special redesigned ADC Young Gun Award Cube, created and engineered by Master & Dynamic, in collaboration with NJ(L.A.).  

The 2016 ADC Young Guns event takes place on Thursday evening, September 22, at the ADC Gallery (106 West 29th St., NY), with complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres, DJ and other entertainment to be announced shortly.  Tickets will be available on August 29 at

In a bold departure from the traditional awards show model, ADC recently transformed the Young Guns program, now in its 14th iteration, into a curated invitation competition where nominees are handpicked by an esteemed cultural influencer committee made up of 40 leading thinkers, makers and visionaries from 11 countries representing a range of creative fields.  

The influencer committee, a highly diverse in terms of gender and ethnicity, included ADC Hall of Fame laureates Paula Scher, partner, Pentagram and John Maeda, design partner, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, as well as creative luminaries such as Paola Antonelli, senior curator, architecture & design director, Research & Development, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); Apple creative director Arem Duplessis, The New York Times Magazine deputy art director Gail Bichler, PAPER Magazine co-founder and editor Kim Hastreiter, OK Go bassist Timothy Nordwind, R/GA vice chairman Nick Law and others (for a complete list, please click here.

Each member of the influencer committee nominated up to five individuals from around the world who they felt are the most talented and forward-shaping creatives 30 and under in any creative field, including design, motion, photography, advertising, new media and product design.  In addition, ADC members were eligible to submit their portfolios online free of charge to be considered for a select group of additional nominations chosen by ADC.

Throughout the year, the organization will host additional curated ADC Young Guns dinners at interesting locales around the world, lecturers/screenings, parties and an exhibition showcasing creative work by the program’s latest inductees.

“The new ADC Young Guns is designed to curate international talent and build an invigorating club for the creative community”, said Philippe Meunier, ADC Board president and creative chief/co-founder, Sid Lee.  “Rather than a simple award program, ADC Young Guns is a creative incubator and ongoing platform built to cultivate the winners’ talents and help them make big, beautiful things in their careers.”

ADC Young Guns and other club activities throughout the year are made possible in part through the generous support of ADC global partner Shutterstock.    

For more information about ADC Young Guns, please click here.