Society of Illustrators Hosts Gallery Talk: Illustrator As Designer

Join John Hendrix, Christopher Silas Neal, and Jennifer Daniel at the Society of Illustrators in New York City this coming Saturday for what Jennifer calls on her blog, "a group therapy session about our ongoing identity crisis as 'dillustrators'."

This three-ring-circus presentation about designed images, drawn text and the creative process takes place at the Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street, on Saturday, October 1st, from 2pm-4pm.

Tickets: $15 Non-Members | $10 Members | $7 Students


Faculty Lisa Cyr profiled on Create Mixed Media site

Read about faculty Lisa Cyr's favorite creative tools, must-have mediums, and what she surrounds herself with for inspiration in her recent interview on the Create Mixed Media website.

Lisa's recently published book, Experimental Painting: Inspirational Approaches to Mixed Media Art, is now available. She also has an article, 40 Texture-Making Tips and Tricks, in the Fall 2011 issue of Acrylic Artist, and look for her work to be featured in the November 2011 issue of The Artist's Magazine.


REMINDER: September Competition Deadlines

It's like really cheap advertising: getting into competitions gets your work seen! So take a few minutes our of your day this week and enter a piece or two into these two yearlies: Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles West 50 and Print Magazine's Hand Drawn 2012. Both competition's deadlines are this Friday, September 30th.

See Squint's COMPETITIONS page for details and to keep track of other upcoming deadines.


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.