We are really proud of you, Murray!

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!

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!

THE SOCIETY of ILLUSTRATORS DOES NOT CENSOR

The following is a true story, straight from the Society of Illustrators blog. It speaks to the integrity and support of SI. We are proud to be a member.
After much delay, the Society of Illustrators’ 54th Annual of American Illustration has reached the US and is now available in our Museum Shop and online. We wish the delay in receiving Illustrators 54 was a simple printing error or even a problem in customs, but the story goes deeper.
Without our consent or knowledge, the printer we sourced from China omitted an illustrator’s work, Alex Nabaum’s ”The Evolution of China”, an Uncommissioned piece (see below) and printed the book with a completely blank page. The refusal to print this illustration was justified by the printer because Chinese Government censors deemed the image to be “disrespectful to Mao Zedong.” Of course, in no way was this justification for us. The Society of Illustrators does not censor, nor do we accept it. We fought the removal of this illustration and ultimately decided to right this wrong. Alex’s image has been added by a second printer from Hong Kong.
We apologize for the delay in production of Illustrators 54 but are proud we took a stance in the name of free speech and illustration.
Illustrators 54 can be purchased on our online shop by clicking here.

Martha Rich, new MFA faculty, on Art and Inspiration!

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!
martharich.com

 

Daniel Pelavin, Faculty, Speaks on When Worlds Collide

 

Wednesday Jan. 30th
7:00PM-9:00PM
Pratt Manhattan
144 West 14th Street Rm 213

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.
The Panelists:
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 ny@gag.org

http://newyork.gag.org 

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.

Monika Maniecki, Faculty, to lecture at Society of Illustrators

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: MFA ’11 Launches Line of BarArt!

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!