C'est Magnifique!

The Squint blog has had the good fortune to receive a most stunning gift in the mail today: a beautifully illustrated and designed calendar by faculty Daniel Pelavin.

The calendar shares imagery with Pelavin's gorgeous package design for La Société Parisienne de Savons celebrating a bygone era, a project we blogged about this summer. Read more in this entry on Pelavin's blog.

Though dated for a year when the oeuvre was originally in vogue, the calendar's days and dates correspond identically with those of 2012. See the entire calendar in digital form here.


The Menagerie of Misfit Elves, Nov. 30, 2011 through Jan. 21, 2012 

Six Summit Gallery in Ivoryton, Connecticut, is hosting a holiday art show arranged by Magge Gagliardi (Class of 2012). Participants include Ryan O'Rourke (Class of 2012), Magge Gagliardi (Class of 2012), Lora Lee (Class of 2013), Erik Evans (Class of 2012), Josh Brunet (Class of 2011), and Chava Light (Class of 2011).

Ten percent of sales from this charity show will go to the Hartford Children's Theatre to support the arts.

Join Magge and others on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 5-10pm for a reception, with music by folkband "Shinbone Alley." Watch as Jack (the character on the show's invitation) is brought to life by one of the Hartford Children's Theatre actors.

Six Summit Gallery, 6 Summit Street, Ivoryton, Connecticut. 860/581-8332 for more information.


An Animated Thanksgiving from faculty Zina Saunders

This week faculty Zina Saunders gives us a gruesome Republican Thanksgiving in her weekly editorial animation for Mother Jones. She warns that if the gore horrifies you, it's her dad Norm Saunders' fault: she spent her youth watching him paint Mars Attacks and Civil War bubblegum cards, planting in her a seed of fascination with all things grisly!

Last week's installment, covering the court's decision to block the FDA from requiring tobacco companies to put graphic warning labels on their cigarette packages, hits a personal note as well. Zina's father died of emphysema, and she was a heavy smoker for many years before finally managing to kick the habit.


And The Soldiers Sang, illustrated by faculty Gary Kelley, listed in New York Times Book Review

And The Soldiers Sang, a children's book written by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by faculty Gary Kelley, was listed among a handful of books in a recent Sunday New York Times Book Review featuring reviews of children's books.

Says the reviewer, "Kelley's expressionistic pantings are haunting and magnificent."

Students from the class of 2012 may remember last summer's discussion with Gary on the image making for this book.


Floor 84 Studio Visit

Thanks to Jeff Hardy, former student of Program Director Murray Tinkelman, and founder of Floor 84 Studio, for opening up his company's doors to the classes of 2012 and 2013 last Friday during their contact period in southern California.

Jeff gave the class a guided tour of the studio, a brief history of his creative background, and a presentation of F84's impressive project history.

Read F84's news item about the HAS MFA in Illustration class visit on the company's news page.


Faculty Nancy Stahl's Sunday New York Times Illustration



Most—if not all—of the HAS MFA in Illustration program faculty and students work editorially, often for some of the most prestigious publications around, such as The New York Times.

But when we opened this past Sunday's New York Times and saw faculty Nancy Stahl's illustration splashed across almost the entire front page of the Business Section, we couldn't resist a mention of it here on Squint.

So nice to see illustration being used like this, it really makes you want to read the article. Too bad they didn't use it for the online version as well.


Back from Pasadena…

The classes of 2012 and '13 are back from their weeklong contact period in Pasadena. So here's a call out to everyone who has a great photo or two (or ten) to share: send me your pics via YouSendIt or send me a link to your Facebook or Flickr album and I'll put together the Pasadena trip photo album under Projects + Pictures here on Squint. Also, send me a scan of your magazine assignment (with the who/what/where) and I'll put that album together as well. Specs for all: 72dpi, RGB, 1200px tall or wide. Finally, if anyone blogs about the trip and wouldn't mind a repost to the Travel With Us page, let me know. Thanks, and welcome home everyone!

Watts Towers, Los Angeles (photo: Amy DeVoogd)