New Opportunity for Illusrators at Catugeau
I think most of you know Christina Tugeau and her agency which she found 20 years ago to represent talented illustrators. Chris found her calling when she went to work for another agent four years prior to her starting her agency in 1994.
After a BA with a Fine Art Major and Lit Minor from DePauw University (IN), she worked in NYC for Family Circle Magazine’s Art Dept. while doing freelance assignments. Later, as she brought up three creative children with her husband in CT, she helped organize and manage a local Fine Art Guild, a town school-wide performing arts educational organization, two local chapters of a national mother-daughter philanthropic group while always involved in various other art projects for the town and school system. During those years she also did graduate work in Art Therapy and worked in Interior Design.
Art, artists and kids books have always been part of Christina’s life and loves, so of course that love would rub off on her children who are grown now and following in her footsteps. Her son Jeremy and her daughter-in-law Nicole were the first to jump on the Cat group bandwagon when they opened their own company doors to illustrators with T2 children’s Illustrators. Jeremy is a long-time children’s illustrator, and he continues to work as an artist in this field while maintaining some involvement with T2 Illustrators as a creative resource and promotional guru.
As of Jan 1, Christina’s daughter Christy (Christina Tugeau Ewers) is now part of her agency. That’s Christy and her 14 month old daughter, Billie in the picture at the top of post. Christy is starting Billie off right by reading her Patrice Burton’s award winning illustrated picture book I LOVE OLD CLOTHES written by Mary Ann Hoberman and published by Knopf BFYR. I haven’t ever met Christy, but a picture says and thousand words and I find myself already wanting to get to know her. Christy recently moved to Fairfield CT from Brooklyn she is excited to have this contact with the “real world’ and she is only a hop, skip, and a jump from all the editors and art directors in NYC.
Just in case you are wondering how Christy came up with the name Billie for her little baby; she is named after her grandfather (Christina’s husband and Christy’s Dad). That tells you a lot, too.
This is very exciting. Now artists have another chance to win representation at CaTugeau. Christina has someone she can trust and mentor to help her with the business and provide extra time for the agency to get in front of the mover and shakers in the world hub (NYC) of children’s publishing, and Christy has the opportunity to learn all the ins and outs of the industry from a master representative.
Here is a little bit more about Christy: She has 10 years of public relations, and office coordinator/manager of operations experience and recently worked with an app publisher in NY, so she knows the lingo and all a ton about social media. She is a fast learner and English major, which add so much to the picture. And Last, but not least: She is looking for her ‘own’ artists to add illustrators to the agency.
Christy’s email is Christy@catugeau.com North American artists should submit as guideline to both Christina and Christy for now. They are looking for trade picture book styles and middle grade reader styles. Send 4+ images attached for quick view and a link to website. They’re fast at getting back to each and every one who submits to them.
Christina has a reputation of working hard for ethical fairness in our wonderful industry, and enjoys writing for and presenting to artists at various national and regional conferences for SCBWI and other organizations and newsletters. I am sure you will find the same enthusiasm with Christy. Just remember the old saying, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” And this cliché is really something you want.