"Jimmy Loves Juice"

Thesis project of MFA student David Yee (Class of 2014), an animated short film called "Jimmy Loves Juice," has several upcoming screenings on the film festival circuit, listed below. You can also find more information on the project here:

Costa Rica International Film Festival
July 23 - July 27 2014
El Sano Banano Village Hotel & Amor De Mar Hotel
Montezuma, Costa Rica

San Francisco Frozen Film Festival 
Best of Animation: Friday, July 18th 10:55pm  
The Roxie Theatre
3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103 

13th Annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas
July 10 - July 17 2014
Angelika Film Center of Dallas
5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 230
Dallas, TX 75206



Illustrating Our Landmarks 2014

MFA Alumni Anthony Calandra (Class of 2013) is participating in a show hanging right now at the Society of Illustrators titled 'Illustrating Our Landmarks'. Anthony has 3 oil pastel paintings hanging in the show which is curated by HAS alum Leslie Cober Gentry. The show also includes work from several HAS faculty including Murray Tinkelman, Chris Spollen, Daniel Pelavin, & Ted & Betsy Lewin. 
You can read more about 'Illustrating Our Landmarks' here, though the Anthony's landmark was St Patricks Cathedral, not St John the Divine as noted in the article. 

"Scuffy- A Scarecrow's Tale" Accepted by 3x3

Alumni Greg Newbold (class of 2009) has had a series of illustrations created during his time with the Hartford MFA program accepted into this year's 3x3 Illustration Picture Book Annual. Though the personal project does not yet have a publisher, this admission is some well-deserved and prestigeous recognition for the work. The graphic design for this picture book was done by fellow Hartford MFA graduate Val Paul Taylor (class of 2010).

Find out more about "Scuffy- A Scarecrow's Tale" on Greg's blog.



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