Magge Gagliardi (Class of 2012) Scenic Designer for Pinkalicious

Magge Gagliardi (Class of 2012) has been busy these past weeks working as scenic designer for the Hartford Children's Theatre's presentation of Pinkalicious. The musical opened Friday night and is already sold out for it's entire run through October 9. The show is based on The New York Times best-selling children's book of the same name by Victoria and Elizabeth Kahn.

Magge not only designed the poster and the sets, but she also created a limited edition print commissioned by the theatre (above, left). An exhibition of her work, Mag-alicious, will be on display through the run of the show. Check out scenes from the show here.

Shayna Cochefski was Magge's assistant for the show. Those of you in the HAS MFA in Illustration program may remember Shayna, Carol's assistant last summer during the Hartford residency.


Scott Anderson (Class of 2007) pays homage to Kenton Nelson in painting for Westmont College

Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California is having a fundraiser show in November to benefit their new art museum, so they sent out about 1000 sheets of BFK Rives paper to artists all over the country who will hopefully reciprocate with a work of art.

Scott Anderson (Class of 2007) teaches at Westmont and was a recipient of one of these pieces of paper, as were luminaries like Milton Glaser and Mark English.

Scott's image, left, was painted with oils on the prepared surface. Stylistically it is an homage to Scott's friend Kenton Nelson, who will be a guest speaker of the HAS MFA in Illustration program during the Pasadena contact period.


READ: The Artfuls interviews with Kristian Olson (Class of 2011) and Peg Nocciolino (Class of 2011)

Illustration above left: Kristian Olson. Illustration above right: Peg Nocciolino

Read interviews with two recent graduates from the Class of 2011, Kristian Olson and Peg Nocciolino, on The Artfuls, an online platform for illustrators. Kristian was interviewed earlier in the month, and Peg's interview is the latest interview on the site.

Kristian was also recently featured in Coroflot's member gallery, in addition to being selected as one of Hire An Illustrator's Featured Portfolios.


Reminder: REBOOT, RETOOL, REFUEL: September 24-25

We're counting down to this two-day conference on the new hybrid world of illustration, visual design, and technology, so register now! Pratt's Manhattan campus will host the Graphics Artists Guild event and it's handful of established industry leaders, who will put in clear focus the vast range of tools, tactics and business strategies available to you now. Call 212/791-3400 x11 for more information and visit the site to register.


WATCH: Faculty Zina Saunders Previews GOP Debate for Mother Jones

Get ready for tonight's Fox News/Google GOP debate with faculty Zina Saunders' most recent hilarious editorial animation for Mother Jones!

Zina creates weekly editorial animations for Mother Jones riffing on political news and current events of the week. Missed one? See them all here.


Ryan Maguire (Class of 2012) Exhibits in Sink or Swim at Spoke Art Gallery

Ryan Maguire's (Class of 2012) original pencil illustration for the program's San Francisco assignment, The Ghost of Shark Fin, travels this month from an exhibit in Japan to San Francisco's Spoke Art Gallery.

The traveling exhibit, Sink or Swim, benefits sharks and oceans through Japan's non-profit organization Pangeaseed. Spoke Art will host a reception party on September 23 from 6-10pm.

Large 30 x 40 inch Giclee prints of Ryan's illustration (left) will be for sale, the proceeds of which will go to Pangeaseed and organizations aiding animals affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.


David Apatoff Features Faculty Chris Payne on Illustration Art

Faculty Chris Payne dazzles his HAS MFA in Illustration program students every summer with a demonstration of his technique. David Apatoff's blog entry on Payne this week encourages us to take a closer look at the artistry in his work.

David Apatoff is the author of the blog Illustration Art Celebrating great art in humble places: the glorious talents of the artists who illustrated stories, advertisements and comics in the 20th century.

left: detail of a Chris Payne illustration