Detail of painting by 2024 graduate Jordan Vandeputte

Thank you to our judges!

We are honoured to present this year’s group of judges, who deliberated, debated, and carefully selected the 2024 Grad Show Awards Winners

Chloe Cushman

Chloe Cushman is an illustrator based in Toronto. She is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Times, and her work has appeared in many other international publications. Before starting her own practice, Chloe was a Visual Journalist for Canada’s National Post newspaper. Her illustrations have been recognized by the ASME Awards, Society of Illustrators NY, American Illustration, Communication Arts, National Magazine Awards, and by The Society of News Design, where she has also been a judge at their international Best of News Design competition.

Bushra Mahmood

Bushra Mahmood is a Senior Design Manager at Adobe based in New York. She graduated from Sheridan Illustration class of 2012 and has spent over a decade working on creative tooling ranging from spatial, 3D to web. 

Brandon Scott

By day Brandon is an animation Creative Director working at Guru Studio in Toronto, and by night he illustrates picture books. For over a decade Brandon has worked on a range of hit animated series including Paw Patrol, True and the Rainbow Kingdom, Pikwik Pack, Mecha Builders, and his own Emmy-nominated creation, Justin Time. He’s the illustrator of several picture books including Snow Falls with Tundra books, Cow Says Meow with HMH, and the upcoming I Was Born a Baby and I Live in a Tree Trunk with Harper Collins.

Anoosha Syed

Anoosha Syed is a Pakistani-Canadian children’s author, illustrator and character designer for animation. She is the illustrator of over forty beloved books including the APALA honoree Bilal Cooks Daal, and her authored titles That’s Not My Name! (A Forest of Reading award honoree) and Lost Stick. Her select clients include Disney, Google, Netflix and Target. In her spare time, Anoosha hosts a YouTube channel dedicated to accessible illustration education.