Graduate Portfolio Day Chicago: Sunday, Nov. 6!

If you're interested in the HAS MFA in Illustration program, stop by our table at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Graduate Portfolio Day this Sunday to chat. Graduate Portfolio Day provides the opportunity for prospective students to receive immediate feedback on their portfolios, as well as have the opportunity to learn more about the curricula, faculty, application procedures and other information about the Hartford Art School Low Residency MFA in Illustration program.

Spread the word to others who are interested in the program:

Sunday, November 6, 2011 12-4pm at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 112 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL


Faculty Betsy Lewin featured on Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (a blog about books)

Swing over to Jules Danielson's blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast this week and read her interview with faculty Betsy Lewin. Betsy discusses her medium and process, and some of the things that inspire her, among other things.

above: Betsy seated at her drawing table in her studio, and two spreads from the recently released book The Little Bitty Bakery, illustrated by Betsy and written by Leslie Muir.


Sally Govan's (Class of 2011) Archives

After Sally Govan (Class of 2011) graduated this past summer, she headed back home to spend some quality time cleaning house. In her attic she dug out a treasure trove of design work from when she was an art director at Whittle Communications in the late 1980s. Back then she had the good fortune to be able to hire the likes of illustrator—and guest speaker—Elwood Smith (above, left); illustrator Seymour Chwast (below, left); and cartoonist Mark Alan Stamaty (below, right), and to rub elbows with Mad Magazine cartoonist Sergio Aragones, and New Yorker cartoonists Sam Gross, Ed Koren (above, right) and Roz Chast, to name but a few.

Sally says, "Because cartoons involve both words and pictures, I had to become cartoon editor as well as art director. I have to tell you, I never had so much fun."


WATCH Faculty Zina Saunders' Animated Political Opinions for Mother Jones

Faculty Zina Saunders creates editorial animations riffing on political news and current events each week for Mother Jones' website.

Last week it was the One Percent Solution: pull yourself up by your own bootstraps unless you can afford to have a pol do it for you!

This week Zina imagines Mississippi's future if the "personhood" amendment passes.


Guest speaker Kenton Nelson shows in Salzburg in November

Guest speaker Kenton Nelson will be showing a series of new paintings at Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska in Salzburg, Germany this month. The reception is this Friday, November 4 at 6:30pm. The show will be up through November 29.

A lecture and studio tour with Nelson is scheduled this year for the classes of 2012 and 2013 on November 15 in Pasadena.


REMINDER: 3 Competition Deadlines This Week

Just a reminder that deadlines for three competitions are fast approaching: 

Find out more on Squint's competitions page.


50 Years in 60 Minutes: An Evening with Murray Tinkelman

Join HAS MFA in Illustration Program Director, illustrator and historian Murray Tinkelman on Monday, November 7, at the Society of Illustrators in New York City for a special presentation on the history of illustration.

The event will be followed with a cocktail reception. Tickets: $20 Non-members, $15 members, $10 students.

Rodeo drawing by Murray Tinkelman.