Even after earning an MA degree in Art History, and a successful Kickstarter campaign, first year student Robert Geronimo wanted more- and we are so glad he did! Now earning his MFA, Robert is busy in AND out of school He has been invited to speak on a panel at the Ceres Gallery in Chelsea alongside Elizabeth Nyamayaro, Director of UN Women and the head of the HeforShe campaign! He will discuss his work on Little Maia and Agent 87; both of which demonstrate gender equality. Call to reserve a seat! The talk is on March 11th. Congratulations, Robert!
We do not know how she does it, but here is Maria, freelancing, writing her thesis, attending classes, school work, personal life AND, check this out- delivering a workshop!
This will be a real treat- we are so happy to others know you and recognize what we know about you, Maria! Good luck!!!
Children’s Book Author Workshop
A one-day workshop led by author/illustrator Maria Carluccio.
September 28, 2014
This workshop is designed to nurture and guide each person to tell his or her own individual story. Students are invited to bring stories to class or they can work on a new story with Maria’s guidance. The class is an extensive overview of the process of children’s books from ideation to finished proposals. We will also partake in exercises and demonstrations created to encourage experimentation with storytelling. By the end of the workshop each student will have developed a story of their choosing plus we will review strategies and resources used to present work to publishers and agents. *If the student is interested in sketching page layouts and/or color art they will get feedback and guidance in that area as well. http://curiousonhudson.com/class-details.php?id=291
Our new year is underway, and work begins again. For Cristy Road, first year MFA student, it seems as if she does not stop!
Check out what Cristy is doing beyond her new classes~
September 7th, 2014
@Herbert Von King Park, Bedstuy, Brooklyn, NY
The Audre Lorde Project’s Safe OUTside the System’s (S.O.S) Collective will host the 4th Annual Bed-Stuy Pride to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, transgender and gender-non-conforming people of color living in the Bed-Stuy community.
BI/PAN/FLUID AWARENESS DAY Hosted By LGBT Student Services
September 23rd, 2014
@Auraria Campus, Denver, CO
Lecture and workshop. More details TBA!
READING & WORKSHOP AT UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
October 8th, 2014
@University Of Illinois, More Details TBA
Reading from Spit and Passion, as well as performing a workshop on healing through Art. More details TBA!
You go, Cristy!!! We are looking forward to more details and more great news!
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!
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!
Martha Rich is showing in Philly, her present hometown. Yes, that’s right- she brings it from Philly every week to teach for us! So, show her some love and see her great work-Opening April 5. Here is the Facebook invite. Good luck, Martha!
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.
MARGO DABAIE SERVES ON JURY FOR SVA BFA SCHOLARSHIP
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!