Hello from South Carolina! : Guest Post by Faculty Aya Kakeda

Hello from South Carolina!
I was invited to an Artist Residency from  at
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville South Carolina.
Thank you to the Museum and also to the
National Endowment for the Arts Foundation for the grant.
The Children’s Museum is having an exhibition called Hello Japan, introducing children to the old traditional as well as new Japanese culture such as Karaoke,
Prikura, Harajyuku Fashion, Manga, Anime, etc.
I was invited to do four workshops and an artist talk during this residency.
My workshop was about a simple way to make characters. It was fantastic to work with kids (and adults) during the workshop.
They were amazing once they got the “how to” part down-
they really got into it and created many of their own characters.
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Here is a link to a TV show that museum president Nancy Halverson and I were invited to. You can see the exhibition here and very small part of what I did at the workshop.
You can see more of Aya’s work here.

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!

‘Scuse Us While We Kiss the Sky

Forever Stamp, USPS, Rudy Gutierrez

Forever Stamp, USPS, Rudy Gutierrez

That’s because we are SO very happy and proud of faculty member Rudy Gutierrez. The US Postal Service unveils Rudy’s Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp TODAY! It is a beauty.  This is Rudy’s first stamp- it is a great honor to be included in this group of accomplished and recognized illustrators who do get to illustrate a stamp for our country. Congratulations, Rudy! You can read more about it here and here-and here!

Faculty Show at Norman Rockwell Museum

Every Saturday in our fall semester, the lights dim and beloved professor  Murray Tinkelman delivers his rollicking take on the History of American Illustration to our students. When he is not lecturing, he is always working and now, has a solo show, Baseball, Rodeos, and Automobiles: The Art of Murray Tinkelman at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Ma., March 29-June 15, 2014.

Explore the award-winning art of Murray Tinkelman, a Hall of Fame illustrator whose pen-and-ink drawings have captured the essence of the American experience for more than Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 7.30.23 PMsix decades. The artist’s work has appeared in such national publications as Atlantic MonthlyThe New York Times, and The Washington Post, and have been commissioned by The National Park Service and The U.S. Air Force, among others. An exceptional educator, he has inspired generations of illustrators at Syracuse University and the Hartford School of Art. Baseball, rodeos, classic cars, Native American culture, and other themes that inspire the artist’s passionate, life-long interest will be reflected in the works on view.

Meet Murray Tinkelman during our Special Exhibition Opening Event to be held Saturday, March 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free for members or $20 for not-yet-members.

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