Annual Into the Pixel Art Collection Unveiled: To Be On Display at E3 Expo

Each year since 2004, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has been recognizing the raw talent and creativity that are the most vital driving forces behind video games today. The works of art put out by studios year after year are testaments to the importance of games as an artistic medium, and Into the Pixel (ITP) strives to put a spotlight on the best of the best with its yearly gallery.

Today marks the announcement of the official selections for the 2016 ITP Collection! The winning pieces span a variety of genres and are selected by an esteemed panel of jurists, including:

  • Bob Rafei, founder, CEO and Visual Director, Big Red Button Entertainment;
  • Glenn Phillips, Curator and Head of Modern & Contemporary Collections, Getty Research Institute;
  • Kiki Wolfkill, Halo Transmedia & Entertainment Studio Head, 343 Industries;
  • Matt Hall, Senior Concept Artist, Double Helix/Amazon;
  • Nora Dolan, Independent Curator;
  • Patricia Lanza, Director of Talent and Content, The Annenberg Space for Photography; and
  • Seth Spaulding, Senior Art Manager, Blizzard Entertainment.
“Into the Pixel’s 2016 collection highlights not only the range of visual worlds created by video game artists, but also the impressive creativity used by those artists to weave storytelling and atmosphere into the smallest details of those worlds,” said Glenn R. Phillips, curator and head of modern & contemporary collections, Getty Research Institute. “I am continually impressed by the technical skill and ingenuity of artists working across every genre of gaming, from studios big and small.”

If you're headed to LA next week for E3, don't miss your chance to see this year's display in person! You'll be able to catch this glimpse of gaming history from June 14-16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, or if you can't attend, check out the winners below. For more information on Into the Pixel, visit

A Mother's Imperative, Rush Blast

Artists: Chris Chamberlain, Tommy Kinnerup, Esben Rasmussen
Publisher: Neoglyphic Entertainment
Developer: Neoglyphic Entertainment

Cliff Walk, Edge of Nowhere

Artist: David Guertin
Publisher: Oculus Studios
Developer: Insomniac Games

Corvette in Hangar, Dreadnought

Artists: Yuriy Mazurkin, Mathias Wiese
Publisher: Grey Box
Developer: YAGER Development, Six Foot

Corvo, Dishonored 2

Artist: Sergei Kolesov
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Arkane Studios

Dungeon Concept, ReCore

Artists: Todd Keller, Kip Carbone
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Armature Studios, Comcept

Dwarven Valley, Guild Wars 2

Artist: Daniel Dociu
Publisher: NCSOFT
Developer: ArenaNet

Eclipse, No Man's Sky

Artist: Kuldar Leement
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment America, LLC
Developer: Hello Games

Geralt and Ciri, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Artist: Bartłomiej Gaweł

Lunar Revel, League of Legends

Artists: League Art Team
Publisher: Riot Games
Developer: Riot Games

Merryn's Leviathan, Song of the Deep

Artist: Sing Ji
Publisher: Gametrust
Developer: Insomniac Games

Red Riding Hood, Layers of Fear

Artist: Pawel Kot
Publisher: Aspyr
Developer: Bloober Team

Takkar Face, Far Cry Primal

Artist: Patrick Lambert
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

The Satellite Chalet, Headlander

Artist: Derek Brand
Publisher: Adult Swim Games
Developer: Double Fine Productions

Tire Swing, Unravel

Artists: Martin Sahlin, Dick Adolfsson, Henrik Söder, Mikael Kainulainen, Leif Holm
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: ColdWood Interactive
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