If you have not yet seen Chroma, the MFA in Illustration Visual Thesis Show, run over to the Museum at FIT before July 5 for this feast for the eyes. Nine students each explored a body of work that ranges from books to creatures, to graphic novels to digital identity and website. It is just great, if I do say so myself, as a proud chair.
Now, others have taken notice:
Sam Kalda‘s Men with Cats is featured on a Design Week from the UK.
Jennifer Merz retells the tragic but important story of the Triangle Factory Fire in Sew Strong, and was featured on the Triangle Factory Fire Coalition’s site, here.
More to come on all of the great things that have come about from this show!
The project that Stephen Gardner, MFA ’11, started in his first semester at FIT keeps giving. Stephen, our lovable bloke from the England, and now a US citizen, started drawing in bars around NY for his sketchbook assignment. On to painting those drawings, then, mugs, calendars, a stream of interviews, awards, blogs, all about the landmark bars of NY. And now, a lecture at the Society of Illustrators in New York to celebrate the landmarks of New York. This should be great! Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Click here for the info.
Bri Hermanson, MFA ’11 is interviewed by Mark Kaufman for ICON8 The Illustration Conference. Only a select few get this nod- Check it out here. ICON8 is the place to be this summer- gathering in Portland with three amazing days for illustration folks around the globe. The MFA in Illustration at FIT is proud to say that faculty members Martha Rich and Aya Kakeda will be in Portland this summer- and Chairperson Melanie Reim will be the Volunteer Coordinator again- ICON6 and ICON7, too!
Faculty member Martha Rich has some cool guest speakers on a weekly basis-Here’s a great overhead shot of a drawing jam with Philadelphia based illustrator Gina Triplett-
Forever Stamp, USPS, Rudy Gutierrez
That’s because we are SO very happy and proud of faculty member Rudy Gutierrez. The US Postal Service unveils Rudy’s Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp TODAY! It is a beauty. This is Rudy’s first stamp- it is a great honor to be included in this group of accomplished and recognized illustrators who do get to illustrate a stamp for our country. Congratulations, Rudy! You can read more about it here and here-and here!
Every Saturday in our fall semester, the lights dim and beloved professor Murray Tinkelman delivers his rollicking take on the History of American Illustration to our students. When he is not lecturing, he is always working and now, has a solo show, Baseball, Rodeos, and Automobiles: The Art of Murray Tinkelman at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Ma., March 29-June 15, 2014.
Explore the award-winning art of Murray Tinkelman, a Hall of Fame illustrator whose pen-and-ink drawings have captured the essence of the American experience for more than six decades. The artist’s work has appeared in such national publications as Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and have been commissioned by The National Park Service and The U.S. Air Force, among others. An exceptional educator, he has inspired generations of illustrators at Syracuse University and the Hartford School of Art. Baseball, rodeos, classic cars, Native American culture, and other themes that inspire the artist’s passionate, life-long interest will be reflected in the works on view.
Meet Murray Tinkelman during our Special Exhibition Opening Event to be held Saturday, March 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free for members or $20 for not-yet-members.
As the awards season got underway, we were so thrilled to see that Bri Hermanson, MFA’11, Chad Wallace, MFA ’11, Sam Kalda, MFA ’14, and Maria Carluccio, MFA ’16 all had work selected into the prestigious Society of Illustrators Annual Show.
Bri Hermanson, Hyde
Chad Wallace, Fireflies
In no special order, it is time to fill you in on all of the goings on in the MFA in Illustration. Faculty and students have been BUSY with all kinds of great stuff!
Han-Yuan Yu, MFA ’15, NEVER stops! Here he is a featured artist as well as the cover artist for IMAGINE FX Magazine. We are so proud of you, Han! How do you do it all AND keep up with school? AMAZING!
We’ve had a bunch of great guests come in to lecture this semester! First up, famed illustrator and character designer, Peter De Séve! Peter is the magic hand behind Scrat, and a lifetime of other masterful drawings, and characters, from New Yorker covers to a slew of animated movies, notably the Ice Age series from Blue Sky Studios. Having him in the intimate setting of our classroom was such a rare and special treat. Thanks to Professor Brian Ajhar, a top notch character designer in his own right, for bringing him
into the classroom. As you can see, Peter is a living character!
Now you can get a glimpse into the magic of Stephen Gardner’s bar paintings.
Check out this sweet little film by his buddy and MFA’ 11 alum Nathaniel Gold here: