Faculty Show at Norman Rockwell Museum

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 Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 7.30.23 PMsix decades. The artist’s work has appeared in such national publications as Atlantic MonthlyThe 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

Bri Hermanson, Hyde


Sam Kalda

Sam Kalda



Chad Wallace, Fireflies

Chad Wallace, Fireflies

Maria Carluccio

Maria Carluccio

Catch up!

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!1902709_10152222587208818_1024580191_n 1966705_622475101157276_207465944_n

Look Who’s Talking

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!

Fall Happenings

Our students and faculty alike are busy this fall! MIldor Chevalier, MFA ’16 is having a solo show this weekend in Canada! Mildor is Haitian, educated in the Dominican Republic and NYC, and has been the recipient of several artist in residencies. With his entry to this year’s MFA class, he is a new, NYC resident, living in Queens. His show opens this weekend.

Brian Ajhar will again be a featured artist at the CTN Convention in Burbank in November! http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com/brian-ajhar

Brendan Leach just launched his new graphic novel, Iron Bound. Here is a preview of the that that you are in for! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ai0q7U9nCVs 

And We’re Back!

Welcome back! Though classes were not in session, things have been pretty busy around here. There is so much to catch up on- but let’s start with some new news first-and it comes from students in each year of our three year program.

First up, one of our third year students. Jennifer Merz, MFA ’14 is the first runner up in NJ
SCBWI Books for Kids’ project. We are really proud of you, Jenn!

If you have been to Bryant Park these past two weeks, in and amongst the masses of people you might have seen Bruno Nadalin, MFA ’15 out and about with his sketchbook, paints, brushes, charcoal and other assorted drawing materials, doing what he does so masterfully, reportage. Bruno was selected from a huge pool of applicants to be an Artist in Residence. This is a huge honor and we are so proud of you, Bruno!

Maria Carluccio, MFA ’16, has arrived with a statement! As she has been working away in Digital Boot Camp, after only three nights on campus, we got word that Maria has been awarded a Bronze medal in 3 x 3 Magazine’s Picture Book Annual Number 10. Hundreds of illustrators enter this contest and this is a great honor. Way to come to school, Maria!





Busy Brian Ajhar Joins MFA Faculty-Check Out his New Work

This fall we are so excited to have Brian Ajhar join our faculty to teach Character Design! Brian’s wonderful work spans a career of creating stories and the characters that inhabit them for film, TV, children’s books and editorial work. His new book, No Pirates Allowed! is out to rave reviews and today, he has a piece in the Wall Street Journal. When does he sleep??!! Welcome, Brian!