Best of Connecticut 2015

Magge Gagliardi (c/o 2013) illustrated the cover of the September issue of Connecticut Magazine, a special, annual publication which features the "Best of Connecticut's food, drink, shopping and more!" 


Hiding Dinosaurs

Recent graduate, Dan Moynihan, had his first picture book Hiding Dinosaurs published this month! Dan developed the story and book dummy during his first summer in Ted and Betsy Lewin's children's book class.

New readers will delight in this rib-tickling fantasy with its exuberant illustrations and hilarious twist.

"What could be more fun than a houseful of prehistoric pals? When a boy discovers that dinosaurs are emerging from the eggs sitting on the kitchen counter, it's a dream come true. Unfortunately, the boy is not so sure Mom and Dad will feel the same way, so he decides to hide his new friends. That plan works for a while, but the dinosaurs keep growing, and growing, and growing! The boy is running out of hiding places. When the secret is out, how will Mom and Dad react?"

We're proud of Dan's hard work, creativity and talent!


The Art of Illustrated Maps 

Frequent guest speaker during the Hartford Contact Periods, John Roman, announced his new book The Art of Illustrated Maps: A Complete Guide to Creative Mapmaking's History, Process and Inspiration, that will be released on October 16, 2015. The book also features the work of alumnus Mario Zucca (c/o 2013). 

"You’ll appreciate The Art of Illustrated Maps if:

  • You're interested in illustrated conceptual maps
  • You want to learn more about creative cartography
  • You want examples from illustrators around the world

This is the first book ever to fully explore the fascinating world of "illustrated" conceptual maps. Author and map artist John Roman traces the roots of imaginative mapping from their beginnings over two thousand years ago, and shows us how the human mind is programmed to instinctively relate to the geographic exaggerations illustrated maps are famous for.This book maps the origins and history of creative cartography, analyzes why our brains so easily relate to conceptual maps, presents how professional artists create illustrated maps, and showcases the works of contemporary map illustrators from around the world."


James O'Brien (Class of 2008) & The Chronicle of Higher Education

Alumnus James O'Brien (Class of 2008) has done an Illustration for The Chronicle of Higher Education for a story about academic diversity. He was honored to learn that it was selected for CQ40!

For more from James O'Brien, please visit his website here.

For more on The Chronicle of Higher Education, follow this link.


#Cycling • Animated Illustration Series From Ryan Maguire

From Alumnus Ryan Maguire (Class of 2014):
Now on view; #TDF2015 #Cycling  • Animated Illustration Series • Go #USA • from #MADink Studio (www.maguireartdesign.com) #highvelocityart



Alumnus Ryan Maguire (Class of 2014) of MADink Illustrates Logo for TEAM DUNGEON Arm Wrestling (USA)


TEAM DUNGEON Arm Wrestling (USA) is ready to pull through the the
Professional Arm Wrestling ranks with their custom 'DEATHGRIP' team
logo, custom illustrated by Ryan Maguire of MADink (RI)

Get ready to watch Team Dungeon's Tim Bresnan, ranked one of the top
ten pullers in the world, at (PAL) Professional Arm Wrestling League's
#ARMfight43 'VENDETTA IN VEGAS' on 12th of July 2015 in Hard Rock
Hotel & Casino (Vinyl Club) #LasVegas

Event links:

Team Dungeon is ready to 'FIRE IT UP!' for the next generation of
professional arm wrestling sports!
More information: https://www.facebook.com/teamdungeonarmwrestling


How to Babysit a Leopard by Ted & Betsy Lewin Available on Amazon

Hartford MFA in Illustration faculty members Ted and Betst Lewin have published a new book, How to Babysit a Leopard: and Other True Stories from Our Travels Across Six Continents, available on Amazon now.


Students of the MFA program can get their copy signed this summer at the Contact Period in Hartford.

Get it here: