Global Talent Search

Win representation from Lilla Rogers Studio, plus a host of product licenses and career development support!

Each year, Lilla Rogers is looking for the freshest talent in the art industry. She’s ready to propel another artist to unimaginable heights.

And with thousands of entries each year, some of the top names in the industry on the judging panel and some extraordinary prizes to catapult one lucky artist’s career to stratospheric heights.

Please note that all 2018 Global Talent Search information will be available later this year, please join the waitlist HERE to be the first to hear when we open registration!

The Global Talent Search 2016 winners are below.  It was a huge success.  Thank you to all of the Judges and contestants.


The winner of the 2016 Global Talent Search is…




Marenthe Otten for the final round

Giant congratulations to the lovely Marenthe! She is a true original, an iconoclast. We loved how fearless she is in creating her magical world. Because of this, and her broad range of imagery and themes, you’ll see a career that will have longevity and breadth. In addition, we liked that she had been a successful designer for many years so she understands how to work professionally and collaboratively. We are delighted to now represent Marenthe Otten. We can’t wait to fill her docket with commissions, licenses, and consultations with VIPs.

We were blown away by the calibre of the final submissions, and have scooped up two additional artists!

Congratulations to our two Special Studio Award Winners!


We are madly in love with Terri’s witty and colorful art. Everyone smiles when they see her work. She’s frequently been in the highly-regarded juried annual, American Illustration, and has designed toys in-house for many years. Her work runs from highly sophisticated wit to funky/adorable. We are thrilled to add her to our agency.

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Terri Fry Kasuba for the final GTS round


Meet Anne, the delightful sophisticate. As a matter of fact, the Boston Globe commissioned Anne right from the newsletter I sent out announcing the 5 Finalists! And here is her piece that she completed-right smack in the middle of the GTS final competition. Anne’s background in fine art is evident in her work. Her unique color palettes, along with her masterful renderings of individuals in stylish settings won us over. Plus, she is a really nice person! As with Marenthe and Terri, I delighted in watching Anne’s work blossom in my MATS e-courses.



Anne Bentley for the final GTS round

And a big congratulations to all the other Finalists: Colee Wilkinson, Mara Penny, and Sharon Montgomery. This is a very intense and demanding competition, and to arrive at the Finals is a massive honor. You each did gorgeous work and we know your careers will thrive.


Lilla and the studio ladies


2015 Global Talent Search – from the archives

Read all about the 2015 winners here.

Watch this video below with Lilla and Margo to find out why GTS was created!

2014 Global Talent Search – from the archives

After three months, around 1000 entrants from 30+ countries, three rounds of competition, more than 10,000 public votes and many hours of deliberating, we are delighted to reveal the hugely talented winners of the 2014 Global Talent Search! It was so hard to choose from our outstanding six Finalists that we have decided to give THREE awards – the Grand Prize and two Special Studio Awards. Three art careers are about to change forever. Click on the video below to hear Lilla talking about who won and why, and scroll down to see their work!


Grand Prize Winner:


Congratulations Tara! The finalists were asked to design for a home decor line with Midwest CBK. Here’s a glimpse of Tara’s winning work for the competition.



It was clear that Tara already had the talent, and then Make Art That Sells helped her understand the market potential for her work, and present it beautifully.

Tara had impressed us in the Make Art That Sells e-course. Her work was frequently in the top reviews. Here’s what we loved: we adore her sophistication and charm, with an extraordinary color palette. Her background in graphic design takes her presentation that much further. Check out the “Page 1” and “Page 2” flags. It’s that attention to detail that wow’d us. If you look closely, you’ll see her almost tactile textures. The kitchen canisters are a perfect example of utilizing her art in a really marketable way. She is thinking like a product designer. For example, look at the pom-poms on that yellow cushion! And finally, we could easily envision her beautifully handling all of the GTS prizes.

We are thrilled to announce that Tara has won TWO YEARS’ INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATION BY LILLA ROGERS STUDIO, with a host of licensing deals, professional development opportunities and international promotion and an all-expenses paid trip to England to participate in a major art event in June 2015! See the full list of incredible prizes here.

We are thrilled to welcome Tara into the studio fold and cannot wait to start working with her!

But there’s more – we were so blown away by the finalists’ work that we added another prize for TWO artists…

Special Studio Award Winner:


Here’s the winning work Rebecca created for the third and final round of the competition:



Rebecca’s art has a robust joyfulness with a big wow-factor. The use of dark backgrounds and bold lettering really pops on the screen. She gave so much. For example, each bird is different and well-designed. The grey coordinate is a lovely, sophisticated touch. Look how she took a photo of an interior (lower left) and mocked up the lamp and wall art piece so beautifully! We adored seeing what Rebecca came up with in the reviews each week in Make Art That Sells.


Special Studio Award Winner:


And here’s Flora’s gorgeous work from the final round:



We loved her style for her delicacy and very intimate quality. We loved the contrast of the grey watercolor silhouetted florals with the pen and ink hand-drawn line art. Reviewing her site and the work she had done for the e-course, we were impressed with her strong body of work that we are dying to get our hands on!

We are excited to announce that Rebecca and Flora have both won TWO YEARS’ INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATION BY LILLA ROGERS STUDIO and a home decor or gift license with Midwest CBK! So our stable of talented artists just increased by three, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

Like Tara, both Rebecca and Flora are also graduates of Make Art That Sells, and it shows. Congratulations to our three amazing winners.


If you are an Art Director… Want to talk to us about licensing or commissioning work with our newest artists? We’d love you to contact us. Hurry! These artists are going to get booked up fast. And of course we have all your favorite artists, too.

If you are an artist… Want to see your career skyrocket? We would strongly encourage you to consider joining the next round of Make Art That Sells. Even though the finalists were chosen independently by leading industry experts, and by the general public, all of them were graduates of Make Art That Sells, which just goes to show how the course really teaches artists how to up their game. We couldn’t be more proud.