Thursday
Apr162015

Q. Cassetti Wins in Creative Quarterly 39

MFA Alumnus Q. Cassetti (Class of 2009) had a set of 5 images selected in the winner category for Creative Quarterly 39. The images come from her 2014 Kawaii Christmas Advent Calendar, a very personal holiday project which was recognized publicly by the judges and Charles Hively at Creative Quarterly.

See her announcement and all the winning photos on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cassetti/posts/10206874771814294?pnref=story

Monday
Apr132015

Chris Piascik Illustrative Hand-Lettering Class with CreativeLive

 

MFA Student Chris Piascik (Class of 201) recently created an online class with CreativeLive about illustrative hand-lettering. He recorded the class while in San Francisco for the MFA contact period. This upcoming week CreativeLive is featuring select lettering courses including Chris'. As a result his class will be discounted through Friday April 17th. 

 

Thursday
Apr092015

Ryan Maguire Illustrates Cover of Dig Boston Magazine

MFA Alumnus Ryan Maguire (Class of 2012) illustrates the Cover of Dig Boston!

"With the guilty verdict on all 30 counts for what's-his-face, we move on and look forward to celebrating the Boston Marathon with our spirited cover by Ryan Maguire!"

-DigBoston's Facebook Page

Cover Illustration 
"Peace will set the Pace."
Publication: Dig Boston Magazine
Art Director: Tak Toyoshima

View more of Ryan's work on his website: www.MaguireArtDesign.com

Wednesday
Apr012015

Chris Piascik Contributer to ’Transcend,’ Featured on CNN

MFA Student Chris Piascik (Class of 2015) has contributed a poster of Muhamed Ali titled, "The Greatest, Pacifist" to the project, 'Transcend.'
As described on the Transcend website, "Bleacher Report has partnered with the Creative Action Network, a community of artists & designers around the world, and commissioned 20 artists to each create a single work that captures a sports figure, event or evolution that hold power and meaning far beyond any scoreboard.”  
You can view the write-up on Chris' piece (featured above) at: http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/transcend/#the-greatest-pacifist
Chris Piascik's poster in particular was highlighted during a CNN feature of the project. You can watch the whole story here: http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2015/03/30/sports-coy-wire-historical-sports-artwork.cnn
Monday
Mar232015

Walt Reed Has Sadly Passed.

We are sad to inform you that Walt Reed passed away in his home on March 19, 2015.

To all of you who have met Walt Reed and Roger Reed, we would appreciate it if you would send an email to Roger Reed recalling what Walt meant to you and send a copy to leva@hartford.edu to be posted on Squint.  
roger@illustrationhouse.com

The History of Illustration, the respect for illustration, and the collecting of illustration, would probably not exist as it does without Walt Reed opening the doors and educating all of us.

Painting of Walt Reed by Ron Spears


Friday
Mar202015

Society of Illustrators 26th Member's Open Call For Entries

 

In recognition of the tradition of portraiture, 

artistic collaboration, and the long-standing history of the Hall of Presidents,

the Society of Illustrators is excited to launch the exhibition:

 

Artists Illustrating Artists

Curated by Leslie Cober-Gentry

 

Artist members of the Society are asked to create their own visual interpretation of another artist; which includes member artists or non-members artists, living or deceased, contemporary or historical, or the artist themself as a self-portrait. 

Learn more...

 

Deadline: May 20th, 2015

 

On display: June 2nd - August 15th, 2015

 

Opening Reception: June 17th, 2015


GUIDELINES

Who can enter: Any Illustrator, Illustrator-S, or Educator Member of the Society of Illustrators.


DeadlineArt must be sent to the Society by May 20, 2015.

 

Guidelines for Art: It is up to our Members to represent the Society at the highest level in this exhibition, which will be viewed by the public and all the remarkable art communities of New York City. Art may be created in any medium including oil, watercolor, digital, collage, etc. No size requirements. Work must be framed with wire on the back ready to hang. The Society will be using safety clips to secure art to the walls. For this reason we request wood frames. 

Artist Agreement: Email exhibitions@societyillustrators.org to receive the Artist Agreement.  Agreement must be filled out before work can hang in the exhibit. 

Illustrations by Leslie Cober-Gentry, Alan Cober, Victor Juhasz, Steve Brodner, Sam Weber, Peter De Sève, and Kris Mukai


 

For questions please email exhibitions@societyillustrators.org or call 212.828.2560

 

 

Wednesday
Feb112015

MFA Faculty Member Robert Hunt Wins Hamilton King Award From Society of Illustrators

Business of Illustration MFA Faculty Member and Presentor, Robert Hunt, has just won the coveted Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators for "The best work by a Society member in the Annual Exhibition." Society post here.

Hunt gave this speech on February 6, 2015 at the Society of Illustrators show in New York while receiving his award:

This is a completely unanticipated and inconceivable moment for me. The real award, I believe, is the privilege of addressing all of you tonight. I want to take just a few minutes of your time to thank a few people and also tell you a short story.
I wish to thank the previous recipients of this award, Society of Illustrators, the Board, Tim, Chris, Alessandro, and Anelle, not only for this great honor but for their efforts to make the Society a more inclusive and diverse place, welcome to all illustrators young and old, at every stage of our careers. It is a great accomplishment and I would like to take this opportunity- we should all take a moment -to thank them for that.
Thanks to Eric Skillman, the great art Director at Criterion, for the opportunity, and to Peter Wier and cinematographer Russell Boyd for making the beautiful film Picnic at Hanging Rock, upon which my illustration is based.
As this is a career award as well, I need to acknowledge many people, so many that I would be here all night and still leave people out. So, to my friends, fellow illustrators, colleagues at CCA, all the art directors I have worked with- Many of them are here tonight... I should point out that Gerry Counihan, who gave me my first job in NY is here tonight. Many many art directors and illustrators can trace their careers back to Gerry. Thanks to my students past and present-and my own teachers and mentors. You all have a large part in my presence here tonight and I sincerely thank all of you.
I wish to dedicate this award to four people without any one of whom I would not be here: My beautiful wife Lynn- and I wish for all of you to have someone in your life providing the kind of unconditional and unwavering, positive support I have. Not just logistical support but encouragement to pursue creative freedom over immediate financial gain. And to my friends David Grove and Dugald Stermer, and Kazu Sano,
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Some of you know that I was (inexplicably) a math teacher before I was an illustrator, so there may be a few numbers in this story:
This is the 50th anniversary of the Hamilton King Award.
A little over 35 years I met a woman named Barbara Bradley. She had come to New York in 1950 and became one of the only women in the Charles Cooper studios for 10 years before moving back to California and becoming a drawing teacher. She struck me as a little old lady, but I now realize she was in her early fifties when I met her. She told me illustration was a beautiful profession, and she thought, with some work, I could find a career in the business. I still hear her voice every day, every time I pick up a pencil. I followed her advice and In 1980, 35 years ago, I started doing work as an illustrator, and not long after, I had my first piece accepted into this show. I scraped up the money to come here to the opening.
I remember stepping off the curb and having the special New York experience of feeling my shoe fill with ice water.
I walked into this same event over 30 years ago, through the red door, leaving a trail or wet footprints through the crowd, and I immediately sought my own work out- we all do it. I remember exactly where my piece was, on the back of a crossbar, right over there. I remember everything about it- what was next to it, what was on the wall across from it... And I realized, as I looked at it, I was standing in front of the worst piece in the show. By far. I wanted to go home, I wanted to take it down.
I went home and I tried to do better.  As time went by I started to gain a little more understanding of what Illustration is really about. It’s about work, success, failure, stress, joy, and Love.
Teaching started to become more and more important to me...and as it did, I started to listen to my own advice.
So now here we are, over 30 years later. I’ve had a few pieces in the show since then, and I always try come to the opening if I am in or not- and eventually my pieces looked a little better and eventually I felt like I got to a place where I was able to hold my own. But ...I never saw this, tonight, coming in a million years.
But what I will tell you- out there in this crowd tonight, perhaps there’s a young man or young woman... who perhaps has their first piece in this show, and maybe you feel like I did 35 years ago. But now... Lets Imagine now that it’s thirty-five years in the future, that its the year 2050. It seems like a long way off- but on that night you may be here again. Your hovercraft may be right outside...and you may be standing right here, on this very stage, getting this very award. I hope I can be there to congratulate you. On that night, 35 years from now, 100 years from when Barbara Bradley came to New York, we- all of us here- will be connected by what we have in common, what we have in common going back even farther, the opportunity to participate in the making of things that might inspire emotion, influence opinion, and motivate behavior.
My advice to you is : Enjoy the time between now and then, take a moment occasionally to look up and look around at the beautiful world that we have a special part in. Because on that night, in 35 years, when you are standing here, you will realize: - it will all have happened in the blink of an eye.
Thank You

For more on Robert Hunt, please visit his website: http://roberthuntstudio.com/