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 ( #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:


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:


Lunchtime Presenter, Elwood Smith, Has A New Book

Author, Illustrator, and Hartford MFA Lunchtime Presenter, Elwood Smith has released a new book: How to Draw With Your Funny Bone.

"If you struggle to turn sticks into figures, then perhaps it is time to seek out a Trained Professional Artist! Illustrator Elwood H. Smith consults his expert funny bone as he leads budding artists through a tutorial on how to draw tricycle- riding pigs, silly-grinning cars, and jousting ketchup bottles. Emphasizing that subjects can be based on everyday materials and that artists have unique styles, this is a workbook that will encourage readers to experiment with their own types of visual expression."
Harford MFA in Illustration Students will have the chance to get their copy of the book signed at this summer's Contact Period in Hartford before Smith's lecture! See Carol for more details.
Buy How to Draw With Your Funny Bone on Amazon here:

MFA Alumnus Dave Szalay Granted Tenure at Myers School of Art at The University of Akron

Congratulations to MFA Alumnus Dave Szalay (Class of 2013), who just received word that he has been granted tenure and a promotion to Associate Professor at the Myers School of Art at The University of Akron. 

Dave began as an adjunct instructor in 2005 teaching classes such as typography and production for design. He secured a full time tenure track position in 2008 as Assistant Prof. and has been teaching all levels of design and illustration including advanced classes.  Dave hopes to apply more knowledge from his MFA at Hartford toward a new illustration curriculum development in the program at the Myers School. They currently have nearly 300 graphic design majors with at least a third expressing strong interests in illustration. Many opt for a minor in illustration with their BFA in graphic design but Dave would like to develop an option for illustration as a major. He has been working toward promotion and tenure with yearly reviews since 2009. 
Again, congratulatons to Dave! To view his work, check out his website here:





International Illustration Research Symposium Proposals Due June 1st

A reminder that proposals for the Sixth Annual International Illustration Research Symposium are due on the 1st June! Don't miss out on the conversation: we need your voice, 6-7 November 2015 at Rhode Island School of Design.

The Symposium will include two days of events centered on the theme of "Illustrator as Public Intellectual." This theme may be broadly interpreted, as outlined in the attached Call For Proposals. The CFP includes a great deal more information about the event, including information about speakers so please take a look and pass it on to your friends, students and colleagues. We're open to all manner of presentations, from academic papers to practice based discussions.

The deadline for submission of 300-word abstracts is the June 1st, 2015. Please submit to!
The Illustration Research Symposium has never before been held in the US, so hosting this international event will be a first for RISD Illustration. We hope you'll add to what is sure to be some fascinating dialogue! If you have questions and/or would like to submit your abstract, please contact us at If you're unable to make it, please share this CFP with your friends and colleagues.


Robert Brinkerhoff
Department Head and Professor of Illustration
Rhode Island School of Design