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.
Today marks another chapter in Nathaniel Gold’s life-long ambition to be “The Chimp Artist.” Nathaniel has long been a lover and a champion for the rights of chimpanzees. What began as an MA capstone project and continued with Nathaniel’s MFA Visual Thesis presentation, has grown in unexpected ways, from a regular column in Scientific American online to today-the opening of Nathaniel’s collaborative show, Equality and Individuality, in Vero Beach, Florida. All proceeds will go to the Save the Chimps organization and the preservation of the animals so near and dear to us all, but especially to Nathaniel. The show runs from May 1 to June 1. Great work, Nathaniel and best of luck to you!
What began as an assignment to draw on location has turned into a life’s work for MFA alum Stephen Gardner. Though hanging about bars was seemingly nothing new for Stephen when he first arrived to FIT, the idea of drawing bars was born out of one of his first assignments in grad school- and he has not stopped drawing since! Stephen has turned his drawings into paintings, his paintings into calendars, and now, this whole body of work recognized in the New York Times Magazine section. Stephen’s work can be found here. Go, Stephen, Go!
Check out some of these cool projects and happenings:
TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE QUILT
Last summer, the students of the MFA in Illustration program, in collaboration with the American History Department at FIT and the Triangle Factory Fire Coalition, mounted an exhibition of visual narratives of that dreadful day, Triangle Factory Fire: Then, Since, Now. The show welcomed hundreds of visitors to the Museum at FIT, amongst them,
Robin Berson, who invited our students to contribute their images to a memorial quilt
that she was creating. That quilt is now finished.
The images of Donna Choi, Genevieve Hitchings and Jennifer Merz
have all been incorporated into the quilt.
The quilt is can be seen in several venues:
• The Eldridge Street Synagogue, March 10-17, 2013
• UFT poster, distributed to NYC public schools.
• Museum of the City of New York,Clara Lemlich Awards dinner
• NYU, Triangle Factory Fire Ceremonies, Asch Building, Wed. March 20
• Tenement Museum, NYC, March 27
• Kevin Baker, author, Dreamland, Paradise Alley, lecture
• William Paterson University, May, 2013, Paterson Silk Strike panel discussion.
Sam Kalda, MFA ’14, has been accepted into SILA: Society of Illustrators West. His illustration of Edward Gorey was designed and illustrated right here on campus in Monika Maniecki’s class. AND…Sam is a semi-finalist for the Illustrative Prize. Sam is heading to the festival opening in Berlin on May 30th. We are hoping to hear good news for you, Sam!
Stephen Gardner had long adopted NYC as his home from across the pond when he found us in 2005. Already an accomplished illustrator, Stephen joined the MA program in 2005 for its inaugural class and immediately combined two of his favorite pastimes- drawing and well, as an Englishman, hanging out in bars. His journey has been an exciting one- going on to complete his MFA at FIT, and now, he has launched his own line of products at Zazzle! Congratulations, Steve! We are so happy to see you so happy and so fulfilled- in so many ways! So, buy up, everyone and raise one of Steve’s mugs! Here is Steve’s story, in his own words:
“Some you you might know that I have been working on a series of bar paintings and drawings since 2005. It all began with keeping a sketchbook for Melanie’s class and snowballed from there, throughout the MA and then, the MFA,I have kept this theme going and growing. In many ways I still feel like II’m working on my capstone project two years after graduation, indeed that what the capstone project is for.
I have to credit my wife Angie for setting up Zazzle store for me. It grew out of Angie wanting to put my images on mugs and a calendar is a birthday girt for me (50, wow!). She posted a photo of the mugs of Facebook and we immediately started to get orders! We then set a the Zazzle store and people have started to orders mugs, cards and calendars. For me, it has been a shot in the arm-I’ve been working on these images in isolation and being able to put them out there in tangible form feel great. We are now in the throws of putting together a “Kickstarter” campaign that should launch in the early part of next year, so stay tuned!
This whole experience and direction are a direct result of my studies at FIT, quite simply, the best gift I ever gave myself.”
Stephen may have graduated, but is never far from FIT. Not only is he a frequent guest speaker to our MFA classes, but he now teaches in the undergraduate Illustration department-your gift to us!
Check out Stephen’s store here!
We just heard from MFA grad Chad Wallace-his new book is beautiful and all digital-
complete with an animated trailer created by Chad!
“Seahorses” by Jennifer Keats Curtis is my first digitally rendered book for children. My experience in the Master of Fine Arts program at FIT has given me the skills required to stay current in a quickly changing field. This includes animating the first few pages of the book to be used as a promotional trailer. It’s a first step into a larger world as I explore the potential of moving/interactive e-books.”–Chad Wallace
Check out the trailer! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTTyskaILSo
Nathaniel Gold has a long standing love affair with anything chimp. We could not help but encourage him to put this amor together with his hand for his Capstone when pursuing his MA in 2007. Nathaniel has never looked back. His body
of work for his MA graduating exhibition was produced in his
self-published book, The Chimpanzee Manifesto and won
an Independent Book Award. Primatologist and writer
Eric Michael Johnson saw Nathaniel’s work while he was finishing his MFA at FIT and invited him to partner with him on Scientific American online-
a collaborative effort that has been keeping Nathaniel for the past two years. The collaboration has just expanded to an article on Slate Magazine online. You can see the result of these great stories here:
BARK PARK, celebrates the magic of dogs and the equally magical alphabet, without which we couldn’t even give dogs names in the first place. The dream for this book started while I was living in New York City and going to grad school at FIT for my MFA in Illustration. Even in this crowded city, dog parks were nestled between tall buildings. I noticed how the dogs loved to run, play, engage each other, and just be in the world. With this book, I explore the quirky, intelligent inner lives of each dog — celebrating their own intrinsic dogness. Also check out Daily Dog Scratch blog~dogscratch.tumblr.com Good luck, Bri!