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~

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:
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. 

September 23rd, 2014 
@Auraria Campus, Denver, CO

Lecture and workshop. More details TBA! 

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.


















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.





















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



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.

Bri Hermanson, Hyde

Bri Hermanson, Hyde


Sam Kalda

Sam Kalda



Chad Wallace, Fireflies

Chad Wallace, Fireflies

Maria Carluccio

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!

Brendan Leach just launched his new graphic novel, Iron Bound. Here is a preview of the that that you are in for! 

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!