Maria Carluccio ’16 Opens New Shop

unnamedCheck out Maria Carluccio’s always beautiful work- now available as prints, journals and other lovely beauties…
Maria is graduating this coming May. And she is ready.
Maria announces the launch of
little acorn studio ~her online shop where you can buy prints, stationary and books.


Feel free to take advantage of shipping promotions:
* 2 or more prints: 5$ flat rate.
* 2 journals or 2 books also 5$ flat rate.
See the little acorn studio site for more info:

We are BUSY! News from Students, Alums and Faculty

Our fall semester is in full swing. And we are all BUSY! Here is the start of a few posts highlighting students, faculty and alums…


unnamedAn official play poster!
“I wanted to share with you this official play poster that I created for Houseworld,a work of immersive theater now in its second season. I had the great chance to attend it several months ago and thought it was amazing; I was very honored that I was asked to do this.”

And there is more from Margo, who epitomizes “life after thesis.” Margo’s presence on panels and at conferences, speaking on her thesis topic, “Arab Women in Comics”  and related areas is a stellar example of how the written research of the MFA in Illustration student complements the art and illustration that he/she produces.

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“I also have a new(ish) comic on the blog for the Institute of Palestine Studies, Palestine Square. The comic deals with American perceptions of being an Arab. I was also interviewed by IPS, and they asked some good questions. You can check that out over here.


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.

As promised…

What a day we had this past Saturday! Our newly conferred MFA in Illustration students, grads now, delivered a workshop to junior year students from the High School of Art and Design in New York City, in partnership with the Society of Illustrators in NY. Professor Anelle Miller, who is also the Executive Director of the Society of Illustrators and Chair Melanie Reim, worked with the FIT students to develop the workshop.



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Our FIT grads were fantastic teachers, ushering over twenty students though an afternoon of visual storytelling and explorations of media that included clay to make 3D characters, printmaking, color paintings, experiments with black ink and collage. The high school students blew us away. They are super talented, imaginative, smart and were all a pleasure to work with. They created amazing stories and characters. We all had such a fun day!

This program is a complement to the Visual Thesis Exhibition in Gallery FIT at the Museum at FIT. The exhibit will be up through July 3- so do not miss it!



Visual Thesis Exhibition Opens!

Final Postcard Exit Lines Front

Exit Lines, the MFA in Illustration Visual Thesis Exhibition, 2015, is open in Gallery FIT, the Museum at FIT. Nine illustrators have filled the gallery with works that move and emerge on the walls. Explore Times Square in 3D with Scott Fowler, visit the studios of artists vicariously through the work of Lynsey Hirth, travel on an animated journey through the Museum of Natural History with Han Yuan Yu, groove to rock classics and the interpretations with Jorge Saldana, just to name a few! Kudos to the class and to Professor Dennis Dittrich for leading another successful year towards the exhibition.




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ligangFor the first time this year, our students have developed arts programming in partnership with the Society of Illustrators and the High School of Art and Design, led by Professor Anelle Miller. We’ll be posting pics from that, too, so come back!

Cristy Road, MFA ’17 to speak at Conference

733c0d_94330b8cbed54a2db539d21996d7cb7f.png_srz_p_980_160_75_22_0.50_1.20_0Our own Cristy Road will be a speaker at the conferences below. Cristy’s voice, through her art, is a force. She urges, “Please come out and support the queer demographic of the comics world, watch us overcome our historical battles with visibility and inclusion via sick publications! +Checkout my website for xtra info on my life:

May 7th-8th 2015 
@Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY 

Queers & Comics Conference celebrates, explores and analyzes queer cartoonists and their work. The Queers & Comics Conference will offer two days of panels, workshops, portfolio reviews, and slideshow presentations, as well as an exhibition of queer cartoon art. Ill be participating in the Queer characters of Color Panel, and Memoir: Discovering Queer Identities panel. For more details, please visit

                                                           FLAME CON: NYC’S FIRST QUEER COMIC CONVENTION 11064670_863397047063645_7493241193160828183_o
Saturday, June 13th 2015

@Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn NY
Flame Con will be a one-day comics, arts, and entertainment expo showcasing creators and celebrities from all corners of LGBTQ geek fandom, including comics, video games, film, and television.For more info please visit

Guest Post: Felipe Muhr, MFA ’15 Curates Latin American Art Show

Migratory Patterns
I came with my heart full of Sinatra
March 20 – 22, 2015
Opening Friday March 20, 2015. 6:00-9:00PM
CuatroH – 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237. Fourth Floor

Migratory Patterns
showcases the works of nine young artists who were raised in Latin America but have lived and worked in the US in recent years. The exhibition looks to acknowledge that working and exhibiting as artists in the US entails the adoption of a different set of parameters through which these art works are experienced. As Latin Americans, these artists question the prevalence of the stereotypes that surround their practices and the frictions that are created when producing work that is to be read in
both contexts.
Each piece in the show embodies a particular point of view, recreating the complexity of a territory often read through a single narrative. Migratory Patterns provides an opportunity to discuss issues such as immigration, travel, memory, socio-political differences and to open a dialogue in terms of representation between the artists’ home countries and the United States, from a critical perspective.

sebayork_1Adalberto Camperos will be showing his illustrated book Seba York. The work is a result  of his experience in NY while he was still a student at FIT. Through his work, Camperos revisits the notion of New York, not as the luminous city that houses Times Square, but as a disenchanted and dry place that overwhelms him as an ex-pat. Through his drawing practice, a broken-hearted Camperos analyses the food truck culture, the chaotic MTA system, the “do it yourself” philosophy, the sophisticated attires of the locals, and the refined art scene.

felipe muhr pato donald1Current MFA ’15 student Felipe Muhr participates in the show with How to Draw Donald Duck, a large-format drawing based on the Donald Duck comics he used to read as a child in Santiago de Chile and that later became the topic for his written research at FIT. Through his reading of translated, censured and re-edited Donald Duck comic books, Muhr encounters an US American reality that had been renegotiated for the Chilean context. In the spirit of William Hogarth’s diagrams, Muhr replicates backgrounds, objects and graphic gestures found in Donald Duck’s Latin American comics, creating a fictitious manual which revisits the standardized parameter of a commercial drawing form.

The exhibit also showcases photography, sound, video, performance, sculpture and drawing by Alejandro Yoshii, México; Constanza Alarcón, Chile; Luciana Pinchiero, Argentina; Margarita Sánchez Urdaneta, Colombia; Maricruz Alarcón, Chile; Orlando De la Garza, México; and Paz Ortúzar, Chile.


Behind the Bling Letter.72Where better to have a lecture that highlights bling than at FIT?!
The MFA in Illustration Program, School of Graduate Studies is so excited to bring the first lecture in a series that will highlight the stories of award winning projects- you know, the bling that acknowledges the admiration of one’s peers for an illustration. Now, we all know that an award is not the only barometer of good work- not by a long shot- but it is a great thrill and sense of accomplishment.

So, how does it happen? What is the journey? Nora Krug will be on our campus, telling us the story behind her bling- the prestigious Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York for Shadow Atlas, an encyclopedia of ghosts. The art director, Enrico Fiammelli, will join us from ITALY in live time! We are so excited and will remind you again- SAVE the DATE! Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 pm in Katie Murphy Amphitheatre. Open to the public! Spread the word!!

School is not holding her back: Workshop with Maria Carluccio MFA’16

We do not know how she does it, but here is Maria, freelancing, writing her thesis, attending classes, school work, personal life AND, check this out- delivering a workshop!

This will be a real treat- we are so happy to others know you and recognize what we know about you, Maria! Good luck!!!

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Children’s Book Author Workshop
A one-day workshop led by author/illustrator Maria Carluccio.
September 28, 2014
This workshop is designed to nurture and guide each person to tell his or  her own individual story. Students are invited to bring stories to  class or they can work on a new story with Maria’s guidance. The class is an extensive overview of the process of children’s books from ideation to finished proposals. We will also  partake in exercises and demonstrations created to encourage experimentation with storytelling. By the end of the workshop each  student will have developed a story of their choosing plus we will  review strategies and resources used to present work to publishers and  agents. *If the student is interested in sketching page layouts and/or color art they will get feedback and guidance in that area as well.