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!

 

 

 

 

Keeping Good Company: Julie Muszynski, MFA’14, gets a nod next to Eloise

Henley, the Japanese Chin who is adopted by Lulu Ziminski, “fashion maven extraordinaire” is the creation of our own style maven and MFA candidate, Julie Muszynski. Henley- and Julie- get a special mention on Petite Sophisticate. Henley enjoys the life of luxury in New York, and on Safari in his second adventure- but look out, Henley is going Hollywood soon after Julie and her class visit LA this June! Weare star-struck, Julie!

 

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!

Donna Choi, MFA ’14, in SILA show

Our students are making their way into competitions regularly.
Donna Choi, MFA ’14 will be
featured in the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles (SILA) annual show.
This is especially sweet for Donna- she moved clear across the country
to study with us, but hails from the West Coast.
Miracle Sea Roadpart of a body of work that was initiated during her studies in the MFA, is on exhibit from March 8-12, at Gallery Nucleus in Pasadena, CA.