By day, Anelle Miller is the Director of the Society of Illustrators in New York. Dennis Dittrich is the President. They have turned the place on its ear- there is not a night when there is not a drawing session, a lecture, film, dinner, trivia contest, or happy hour. How fortunate for us that by night, Anelle and Dennis are on our faculty. Anelle teaches Business and Promotion Strategies, specializing in marketing and grant writing. Dennis commandeers our Visual Thesis classes, expertly steering our students to producing their culminating body of work. Well, how fantastic is this? The New York Times featured Anelle today and quoted Dennis- and btw, mentioned another faculty member, Monika Maniecki for a lecture on creating art on an iPad, that was first delivered at FIT.This is a wonderful article and a great acknowledgement for someone who delivers 1000% wherever she is.
There are certain people in this world who need no last name- they are known as the icons that they are when you simply say their first names- faculty member Murray (Tinkelman, for those of you who need to get up to speed) is one of those- reknown illustrator, lecturer, educator, and on a personal note, incredible life-long mentor to this Chair, and many of our faculty. We are so, so very proud to tell you that Murray will be inducted into the Society of Illustrator’s Hall of Fame this coming June- and that’s not all- Murray has also been awarded an honorary Doctorate degree from Kendall College of Art & Design. Congratulations, Dr. Tinkelman! We are so happy that you are with us!
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!
Martha Rich may be new to the MFA faculty but she is no stranger to teaching, illustrating, exhibiting and inspiring others to create. Check out this great interview with Martha, where you can hear the love for being around and making art. http://kipiboo.blogspot.com/2013/01/liberating-rebel-interview-with-martha.html
Martha’s energy is contagious, and we are so happy to have her with us. Welcome!
Daniel Pelavin joins other legendary designers and illustrators, Seymour Chwast, Tom White and Gerard Herta to speak about the worlds of design and illustration at a Graphic Artist Guild sponsored panel discussion.
Explore the evolving hybrid world of illustration visual design and technology.
Daniel will be a part of a panel discussion on design and illustration to discuss, teach and explore in sharp clear focus, the vast range of tools, ideas, the creative process and how illustrator/designer approach thier client projects. Also up for discussion-other tactics available to all illustrators, visual designers and other creative professionals.
Seymour Chwast regarded as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, is founder of the world famous Push Pin Studios. It would be difficult to imagine contemporary American and European graphic design and illustration without the presence of Seymour Chwast. www.pushpininc.com
Daniel Pelavin: Daniel is in his fourth decade of transforming images into cogent and compelling messages for publishing, advertising and communication design. He shares his knowledge and experience with students and fellow professionals alike and continues to play a pioneering role in the evolution of digital art and the seamless merging of design and illustration. pelavin.com/
Tom White: Tom White of 9 Surf Studios is a classically trained illustrator / designer / typographer who is fully immersed in the modern media. He is one of the original pioneers of digitally-based image design started in the early 90s. For 25 years he has been working with clients in the areas of education, business, science & technology, healthcare, publishing, sports, entertainment, and games. www.9surf.com
Gerard Huerta: is a designer of letter forms and creator of custom artwork. Born and raised in southern California he graduated from Art Center College of Design and began his career at CBS Records in New York designing album covers and creating letter forms and logos for Boston, Ted Nugent, Blue Oyster Cult, Rick Derringer, Bob Dylan, Ramsey Lewis, The Isley Brothers, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, George Benson, Rupert Holmes, Stephen Stills, The Charlie Daniels Band and others. www.gerardhuerta.com
To Register Click Below: 212.791.3400 x11 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Road, part 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.
Well, the Society of Illustrators in New York, our dear friends and colleagues, are some smart peeps. Following the success of our own what’s hAPPening lecture, featuring faculty member Monika Maniecki, MFA ’11, and illustrator Laura Tallardy, Anelle Miller, director SI, and MFA faculty member, invited Monika and Laura to SI to repeat the event. Monika is a digital painting whiz, and will demonstrate the magic that she creates on her IPad. And it does not end there- Monika also was invited to lecture at the Apple Store! Stay tuned for info-
You do us proud, Monika!
Stephen Gardner had long adopted NYC as his home from across the pond when he found us in 2005. Already an accomplished illustrator, Stephen joined the MA program in 2005 for its inaugural class and immediately combined two of his favorite pastimes- drawing and well, as an Englishman, hanging out in bars. His journey has been an exciting one- going on to complete his MFA at FIT, and now, he has launched his own line of products at Zazzle! Congratulations, Steve! We are so happy to see you so happy and so fulfilled- in so many ways! So, buy up, everyone and raise one of Steve’s mugs! Here is Steve’s story, in his own words:
“Some you you might know that I have been working on a series of bar paintings and drawings since 2005. It all began with keeping a sketchbook for Melanie’s class and snowballed from there, throughout the MA and then, the MFA,I have kept this theme going and growing. In many ways I still feel like II’m working on my capstone project two years after graduation, indeed that what the capstone project is for.
I have to credit my wife Angie for setting up Zazzle store for me. It grew out of Angie wanting to put my images on mugs and a calendar is a birthday girt for me (50, wow!). She posted a photo of the mugs of Facebook and we immediately started to get orders! We then set a the Zazzle store and people have started to orders mugs, cards and calendars. For me, it has been a shot in the arm-I’ve been working on these images in isolation and being able to put them out there in tangible form feel great. We are now in the throws of putting together a “Kickstarter” campaign that should launch in the early part of next year, so stay tuned!
This whole experience and direction are a direct result of my studies at FIT, quite simply, the best gift I ever gave myself.”
Stephen may have graduated, but is never far from FIT. Not only is he a frequent guest speaker to our MFA classes, but he now teaches in the undergraduate Illustration department-your gift to us!
Check out Stephen’s store here!