A Student Tradition Continued

In 2012, at the suggestion of Student Scott Murphy (Class of 2014), a new tradition began. During each contact period of their MFA journey, Hartford students now find time to gather for a private karaoke session where they bond in song.

This picture is from the most recent Dallas/Ft Worth contact period, and is the largest karaoke group to date.




Frogfolio & Other Assignments of John S. Dykes

MFA alumni John S. Dykes has been hard at work on several recent illustration assignments, featured at left and below. The first (left) is from the upcoming Frogfolio Calendar, which will be available in September. Frog-lovers check back often; online ordering info to come.

You can see more of John's recent projects on his blog.
Paris sketchbook illustration for Johns Hopkins Magazine, Pam Li art director.
Illustration for American Airlines in flight magazine on the declining number of convertibles being produced. Art directed by David Radabaugh.
A recent section cover for Barron's for an article on investing for retirement. Pam Budz, art director.


Newport Life Magazine's cover comes alive in the illustrated lines of Ryan Maguire (Class of 2012)

 Welcome to Newport, RI! Home of the hardworking and fearless. 2014 is the year of the horse, so saddle up and take a ride through out Newport Life Magazine’s 2014 Best of Newport County Winners issue and see the innovation and energy our local businesses share with die hard locals and visitors from around the world.

For the first time in twenty years - Newport Life Magazine's cover comes alive in the illustrated lines of Ryan Maguire

Giddy up!
Go Newport Go!


Jim Carson, 1952 - 2014

The Hartford MFA in Illustration family has lost one of it’s beloved teachers and friends – Jim Carson.  Below is a note from Jim’s wife, Jeanie, telling us about Jim’s final days and his love for those he had met through the years while doing what he loved.

Dear Murray and Carol,

“With great sadness I am writing to let you know that Jim died April 10 after his long battle with cancer. We had many ups and downs during this last stretch, with hopes raised and dashed. Ultimately Jim was able to die peacefully in our home, still lucid to the end. Jim's tenacity, wisdom, wit, whimsy, strength, love and courage was inspiring to many. Over 200 came to honor him at services. David, our son, and I are doing our best to adjust to life without him. I know he would want you and the greater community of illustrators and designers to know that he valued his relationship with you and the Syracuse-Hartford MFA circle so very much.”  Jeanie Carson

He was a talented artist from an early age and graduated with a BFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. While there, he drew cartoons for the student newspaper, and afterwards he went on to a successful career in graphic arts. The many clients for Jim’s cartoons, illustrations, and designs include Saturday Evening Post, Boston Globe, WBUR, Rounder Records, and the Capitol Steps. He was an instructor at the Art Institute of Boston, and the MFA Program in Illustration at Syracuse University and the Hartford Art School - University of Hartford. (From his obituary)

“If you would like to send a note to Jeanie and their son, David, it will be greatly appreciated.  We will also be sharing with them all of the emails that we have received and the posts being made in Jim’s honor on the Hartford Illustration MFA Facebook page. Mail

Carol & Murray



David M. Brinley (Class of 2010)

David M. Brinley, Class of 2010

The latest issue of Rolling Stone (#1206 April 10, 2014) hit the newsstands March 28th and contains David Brinley’s illustration for the "Rural America's Heroin Epidemic" cover story.  It was a unique opportunity/collaboration for the final spread with Art Director Mark Maltais.  From David’s painting, a label was created, which was then printed out and wrapped on a syrup can to be photographed for the spread by Fredrik Broden. 

Photo: Fredrik Broden
Painting: David M. Brinley
Lettering: Jon Valk

Check out David Brinley on Facebook:

The article/images also caused quite a stir locally in Vermont follow this link to see more.

You can also see the entire article with images online here, courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine



Called Baseball, Rodeos, and Automobiles: The Art of Murray Tinkelman

Murray Tinkelman, internationally acclaimed illustrator and director of the Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Illustration program at the University's Hartford Art School, will be having a one-man show at the Norman Rockwell Museum as part of its Distinguished Illustrator Series.

Called Baseball, Rodeos, and Automobiles: The Art of Murray Tinkelman, the exhibit will be on view at the museum from March 29 through June 15. The Norman Rockwell Museum is located in Stockbridge, Mass.

There will be a special opening event at the museum this Saturday, March 29, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The evening will include comments by Tinkelman at 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception with refreshments and a cash bar. The event is free for museum members and $20 for the general public. For information, call 413.931.2221.

Tinkelman will give a talk at the museum on Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m. His talk is free with museum admission.

Read more about Tinkelman's exhibit.

Baseball, rodeo, classic cars, and Native American culture are subjects that have greatly influenced Tinkelman’s extensive body of work and are well-represented in the art on view.

Tinkelman, who was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 2013, is one of the nation’s most prominent illustrators, educators, and illustration historians. His pen-and-ink drawings have appeared in many publications including Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He has been commissioned to create numerous artworks for the National Park Service and the U.S. Air Force.

As a renowned educator, Tinkelman has inspired generations of illustrators at Syracuse University and at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School.


Brad Albright (Class of 2013) : "Love, Death + the Desert"

Brad Albright (Class of 2013) having a three-man gallery show with artists Justin Clumpner and Brian Crawford, and would love to invite you this Thursday, Feb 27th at Kettle Art Gallery in Deep Ellum.  I'm proud and excited to display my graduate MFA work and complete Texan Gothic series of pulp Western illustrations in retro Red/Blue 3D. 

Opening reception is Thursday, February 27th, 7-10 p.m. The exhibit runs through March 15th.

Official Release:
Kettle Art proudly presents "Love, Death + the Desert," featuring new works by Brad Albright, Brian Crawford, and Justin Clumpner. The show explores the artists' understanding of conflict, loss, and spirituality, each through his own unique perspective.

The following brief video interviews present each artist's take on this exhibition.
Brad Albright -
Brian Crawford -
Justin Clumpner -


Kettle Art
2650-B Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75226

Brad Albright
Illustrator / Designer