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

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

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

March 15 through June 15, 2014

The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA

Explore the award-winning art of Murray Tinkelman, a Hall of Fame illustrator whose pen-and-ink drawings have captured the essence of the American experience for more than six decades. The artist’s work has appeared in such national publications as Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and have been commissioned by The National Park Service and The U.S. Air Force, among others. An exceptional educator, he has inspired generations of illustrators at Syracuse University and in the Hartford Art School Low Residency MFA in Illustration program. Baseball, rodeos, classic cars, Native American culture, and other themes that inspire the artist’s passionate, life-long interest will be reflected in the works on view.

Meet Murray Tinkelman during the Special Exhibition Opening Event to be held Saturday, March 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m. 

This event is sponsored by the Norman Rockwell Museum and Free for members or $20 for not-yet-members. 

RSVP by March 7: or call 413-931-2221

Download the invitation to the exhibition opening here.

Visit Norman Rockwell Museum for more info

Artist’s website:


Q. Cassetti (Class of 2009)

Congratulations to Q. Cassetti (Class of 2009) whose Cut Paper Heart stamp was recently released. Here are some snippits from Q's blog highlighting all the events around the release:

First off, there is this sweet, sweet article by Hilary Oswald on the stamp. I have the most fun talking with Hilary about the stamp and inevitably, about a lot of stuff--and she took all of our verbal scraps and wrote this touching article that made me tear up (just a little). I was so thrilled to see her energy in the piece--which captured my thinking and emotions around getting this amazing project with such a kind >> generous art director, Antonio Alcala. I am not one to squeal, but it was close with this article (plus, look at what a bang up job they did with the layout of the article). Love all around!

Heart with a History by Hilary Oswald

There is a lovely overview on the stamp here:
Cut Paper Heart

And should you want to buy a sheet or a commemorative goody to fill those needs:
USPS Celebration of Love! Please note that they have  First Day of Issue programs, Covers, sheets of stamps, big collectible sheets of is quite impressive. All are ready to buy in advance of the 21st. and will not be shipped out until then.

The first day of issue is going to be celebrated at the Time Warner Building in NYC.