Look Who’s Talking: MFA Alum at SI

landmarksThe 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.

Look Who’s Talking- Interview!

Screen Shot 2014-03-23 at 12.46.41 PMBri 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!

EPIC Lecture! Tyler Carter of Blue Sky Studio visits MFA in Illo

Pun Intended! In just two weeks, the latest animated feature, EPIC will open, delivered  from Blue Sky Studios, of Ice Age and Rio fame. We were SO very lucky to have Vis Dev artist Tyler Carter come to our classroom to deliver a jam-packed with info lecture and
A-MAZING demo. It was magic all the way around. Tyler is an incredible talent and speaker and as a great surprise ending, brought some give-away goodies. After mapping out to us in detail the way the pipeline works, he created this portrait- in just under 40 minutes. You could hear a pin drop as we all watched in awe and listened to a rousing lesson on VALUE in digital painting. What a night! Look for his work on EPIC. Thank you, Carter- you blew us away!

Our Students are BUSY!

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.

Donna Choi, MFA ’14

Genevieve Hitchings, MFA ’12

Jennifer Merz, MFA ’14

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.

 MARGO DABAIE SERVES ON JURY FOR SVA BFA SCHOLARSHIP

Margo Dabaie, MFA ’13, was selected as the comic expert panelist for the jury of the School of Visual Arts Alumni Society BFA scholarships for the 2012 entrants.

 

 

 

 

 

SAM KALDA : WEST COAST and EUROPE BOUND!

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!

MFA Thesis Reading: Marguerite Dabaie, MFA ’13 on Women in Middle Eastern Comics: RESCHEDULED! Now on Dec. 5!

Marguerite Dabaie, who in May 2012 completed her thesis, “Women in Middle-Eastern Comics,” will explain her thesis-writing journey, from her initial idea, through her research  to the unique opportunities that have arisen since completion. She will also read a passage from her thesis and encourage everyone that completing one is indeed, possible!

Open to MFA students
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 6pm  SF 102
If you are from the FIT community and would like to attend, please email melanie_reim@fitnyc.edu

 

what’s hAPPening? Lecture!

Monika Maniecki, MFA alum ’11 and now, MFA faculty, will speak on Tuesday night, Oct. 16 in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre on her love for painting on her IPad. She has mastered the art of using ART RAGE and will share it with us. Monika will share the stage with illustrator Laura Tallardy, who has illustrated AND developed her own app, Mermaid Fashion Show. Laura has the whole how-to in a very revealing and generous presentation on how she conceived, designed, illustrated and sold her app! The FIT community is welcome!  6-8 pm. Light refreshments!

MFA Thesis Reading: Marguerite Dabaie, MFA ’13 on Women in Middle Eastern Comics

Marguerite Dabaie, who in May 2012 completed her thesis, “Women in Middle-Eastern Comics,” will explain her thesis-writing journey, from her initial idea, through her research  to the unique opportunities that have arisen since completion. She will also read a passage from her thesis and encourage everyone that completing one is indeed, possible!

Open to MFA students
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 6pm  SF 102
If you are from the FIT community and would like to attend, please email melanie_reim@fitnyc.edu