I hope you all had a happy and healthy holiday with your loved ones. What makes art so incredible is that there are so many different purposes for creating. Whether it be work for clientele, personal satisfaction, or work to raise awareness, art has the power to be extremely impactful. The Illustration Department at FIT recently created artwork to raise crucial awareness about the state of the planet’s climate, specifically the ocean’s. The Ocean Climate Conference at U.N. (from June 5th-9th) focused on ways to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” Their goal is to improve the condition of the ocean for not only the people, but for the planet and its lifespan.
Emi Anderson (displayed below) worked on a project to specifically raise awareness about plastic pollution in the oceans of our planet. Her project was presented at the conference. The image portrays a woman holding a whale underwater, with pollution scattered in the atmosphere around her.
Others student work was displayed at the German Missions in the United States on the United Nations Plaza. The two students are Julia Rios and Rachel Lim, students of the Illustration Department. The exhibition was apart of a much larger exhibition, the Green Bauhaus Communications Project, where ten posters from FIT (the only school representing the U.S.) were a part of the 300 displayed in the show. You can read more about the displayed artwork here. There are images of some of the other artwork displayed as well! It is incredible to see students create artwork that portrays such a meaningful message.
Every year, the seniors of the Illustration Department take part in an exciting project called Chalk FIT. Students, based off of a selected theme, create a mural on an assigned school panel. The result? A huge display of different artistic voices from a variety of students.
This year, the theme chosen by the professors of the department was “Dreamers.” Daniel Shefelman, a professor at FIT’s illustration department is one of the leaders of the project. Professor Shefelman’s idea for the project was to show the public outside what goes on inside FIT; he wanted the illustration students to see and understand the impact of creating their work. Creating art is like creating magic, and not very often do students have the opportunity to see what people think of their work outside from their peers- until now.
The professors involved in the project helped students choose their preferred designs to add vibrant color and life to FIT’s exterior. They brought in Victor Saint-Hilaire and Angel Garcia, two alumni of the FIT Illustration Department who specialize in murals, to help students work on their design, as well as explain the process of painting a mural.