Written Thesis and Beyond: Scott Fowler, MFA’15 at SUNY Symposium

The written thesis is an important component of our curriculum and requirement for degree conferral. The topics have been broad and far reaching and so very interesting. While working on it, our students discover the inner writer, the academic, the researcher, and ultimately, become an authority on his/her chosen topic. And- the papers do not simply sit on the shelves. This month alone, three of our grads are lecturing on their topics, taking part in a panel discussion, in talks with a book publisher and exhibiting at a the SUNY Graduate Research Poster Symposium.

It was a proud day for FIT, and for me, as I saw Scott Fowler mount the incredible poster that he created, speaking to all the wonderful projects and opportunities that have followed his thesis defense last April, on Illustrating Black, the story of the African American Illustrator. One could say that I am a bit biased, but when you see a poster like this, can you blame me?

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Speaking Out of School

Screen Shot 2015-02-07 at 10.26.34 PMEven 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!

School is not holding her back: Workshop with Maria Carluccio MFA’16

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!!!

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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

New student Cristy Road is way busy beyond school!

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~

*ON DISPLAY
NOW* Y QUE? EXHIBITIONJune 13 – Sept. 8, 2014
@Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave, Austin, TX
The Young Latino Artists (YLA) exhibition has historically provided Latino artists under the age of thirty-five with professional-level museum experience and exposure. Curated by Más Rudas Chicana art collective based in San Antonio, Texas, Y, Qué? includes Latina artists cultivating an artistic vocabularies to understand the world around them. Their artistic languages at times converge and diverge, as they all work towards resolving conflicts that derive from questions related to race, class, cultural identity, gender, and sexuality. Selected artists include: Natalia Anciso, Daphne Arthur, Nani Chacon, Audrya Flores, Suzy Gonzalez, Alexis Herrera, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Annette Martinez, Senalka McDonald, Awilda Rodriguez Lora, Cristy C. Road, Linda Lucía Santana, and Fabiola Torralba. For More Info please Visit: http://mexic-artemuseum.org/exhibitions
 
4TH ANNUAL BEDSTUY PRIDE
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!

 

Chroma: MFA Visual Thesis Goes Abroad

Exhibit_CHROMA_2014If 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.

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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.

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More to come on all of the great things that have come about from this show!

 

More!

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.

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Bri Hermanson, Hyde

 

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Chad Wallace, Fireflies

Chad Wallace, Fireflies


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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

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