Faculty Lisa Cyr featured in Acrylic Artist Magazine

Keep your eye out for a feature of faculty Lisa Cyr's work in the upcoming issue of Acrylic Artist Magazine. The article is entitled "40 Texture-Making Tips and Tricks" and will be on newsstands this fall or can be preordered now.

Lisa's recently published book Experimental Painting: Inspirational Approaches in Mixed-Media is in stock now at Amazon and through it's publisher North Light.


OCU Welcomes Mike Wimmer (Class of 2009) as Artist in Residence

Mike Wimmer (Class of 2009) has accepted a two-year position as Artist in Residence at Oklahoma City University. Mike, who painted many of the murals in the state's Capitol Building, will bring his skills to the Norick Art Center in OCU's Petree College of Arts and Sciences to teach classes and workshops.

Says OCU President Robert Henry, "Mike Wimmer is one of our state's most prolific and talented artists. He is recognized throughout the world for his large array of public art and commercial art projects. Whenever I visit the state Capitol Building, I always find time to stop and admire his many works. Our students will benefit by learning from and getting to know such a successful professional.”

Mike is known for creating a "more kind and gentle Mr. Clean," cover art for Disney's "Lion King" soundtrack, and commemorative can designs for Planters Peanuts. He has also illustrated a handful of children's books. For the past decade he has travelled the country to elementary, junior high and high schools hosting workshops and speaking with children about being an artist. He says, “I’m very excited about the opportunity to share my experience and expertise with the students at OCU."


Faculty Zina Saunders Animates Rick Perry's Yell for Mother Jones

Faculty Zina Saunders educates us about GOP contender Gov. Rick Perry's college days this week in her editorial animation for Mother Jones.

Catch up on all of Zina's animations for Mother Jones in their online archive, and read more about her work on her blog.


Art Out Loud

If you're in or near the city, stop by the Society of Illustrators on Saturday, September 24 from 1-5pm to see top illustrators demonstrate their skills and techniques in an open forum. Featuring: Julie Bell, Rick Berry, Donato Giancola, Greg Manchess, and Boris Vallejo.

Tickets: $40 Members, $50 Non-Members, $20 Students. Food will be available for an additional $5. or call 212-838-2560.

poster illustration by Julie Bell, design by Dan Dos Santos


John Roman's "A Cowboy's View of America"

A recent piece by guest speaker John Roman for American Cowboy magazine. Happy trails!


Congratulations 3x3 Children's Show Winner Craig Frazier

Guest speaker Craig Frazier's children's book Lots of Dots has been selected for an award of merit under the category of Children's Book in 3x3 magazine's Children's Show this year. Winners will be published in 3x3 magazine's illustration annual No. 8 due out in December. See the complete list of winners here.

Craig's book originated from a random sketch in his sketchbook a few years ago. He was playing with stick-on dots with a silhouetted character. Initially he was unsure he could fill 36 pages, but eventually the images came, as did the rhyming words.

Learn more about how the book came together on Craig's blog, and buy the book on Amazon here.


Educators: give your students access to Communication Arts for cheap

Communication Arts Magazine offers a special subscription rate of $39 through their Student Subscription Program. The rate is only available for visual communication students and must be approved by their instructor.

Sign up as an instructor here, then have interested students sign up here.