My Crocodile Does Not Bite by Joe Kulka's (Class of 2015) Nominated for the 2015-2016 Nebraska Golden Sower Primary Award

MFA student Joe Kulka's (Class of 2015) book My Crocodile Does Not Bite has been nominated for the 2015-2016 Nebraska Golden Sower Primary Award. The Golden Sower Award is Nebraska’s Children’s Choice Literary Award. The award is given yearly, with recipients of the award selected by Nebraska school children.

The Golden Sower Award consists of three levels:  Primary, Intermediate and Young Adult. Each level consists of a list of ten nominated titles. To be eligible to vote, the child must read or listen to a minimum of four current nominees between June 2015 and April 2016. The winning book in each level will be honored at the Nebraska Library Association annual conference in the fall of 2016.

The Golden Sower Committee maintains a web page ( on the Nebraska Library Association website. The site enables children, librarians, and teachers from across Nebraska to view current Golden Sower nominees. It is also used to promote quality literature for children and young adults. 


MFA Alumni Work Featured in BYU Alumni 50th Anniversary Show

The Hartford MFA in Illustration program is happy to have learned that several of our former students are exhibiting work in the BYU Department of Visual Arts 50-Year Anniversary Alumni Show, "Every Polished Grace."

Particpants include Eric Himle (MFA Class of 2014), Greg Newbold (MFA Class of 2009), and Val Paul Taylor (MFA Class of 2010).

The Above is Titled "Unburdened," by Greg Newbold, 24x32 oil on canvas

The show runs from January 16 to February 9 2015 occupying all three floors and the secured gallery exhibit space of the Harris Fine Arts Center on the campus of Brigham Young University. You can learn more about the BYU Department of Visual Arts, or if you are an alumnus, submit to be in an alumni show, on their website:


Chris Piascik Illustrates Rhode Island Monthly. 

Current MFA Student Chris Piascik (Class of 2015) Illustrated the current cover of Rhode Island Monthly!

You can check out this, and more of Chris's work on his website:

For more on Rhode Island Monthy, visit


Eric Himle (Class of 2014) in BYU Alumni Show

MFA alumnus Eric Himle (Class of 2014) has a painting from his senior thesis featured in the BYU Alumni show, Every Polished Grace.

You can learn more about the BYU Department of Visual Arts, or if you are an alumnus, submit to be in an alumni show, on their website:


Click, Clack, Moo Illustrated by Betsy Lewin, One of 100 Best Children's Books Ever!

Low Residency MFA in Illustration's faculty member Betsy Lewin has made it onto Time Magazine's list of 100 Best Children's Books EVER, with Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type, written by Doreen Cronin. Her work is featured along side legendary books like Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, and Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. Congratulations, Betsy!

You can read the full list here:


Betsy Lewin & Student Kate Parkinson on Library Journal's Sping 2015 Preview

Faculty member Betsy Lewin of the Low Residency MFA in Illustration program at the Hartford Art School, and her student Kate Parkinson (Class of 2015) have made it onto the School Library Journal's Spring 2015 Preview Book review! The article gives a run-down of new publications for children to watch out for this spring. The list includes Lewin's "addition to the I Like to Read list with Good Night, Knight (May), the tale of a knight’s quest for a dish of delectable cookies," and Parkinson's "debut on the spring list with Grace (May) a picture book about an ungainly ballerina."



2015 Student Scholarship Competition

Every year since 1981 the Society has held the Student Scholarship Competition. Over three hundred works are chosen from more than 8,700 entries submitted by professors of college-level students nationwide. In a competition which can kick start a career, students bring their most sophisticated, well-crafted and original work to be tested. A jury of professional peers, including illustrators and art directors, selects the most outstanding works created throughout the year. Pieces are accepted based on the quality of technique, concept and skill of medium used. 

Only School Administrators and department chairs are eligible to enter this competition on behalf of full-time Undergraduate students. Please email if you are in charge of entering school work and would like more information, or visit the competition website at: