New Testimonials Page

Here at the Low Residency MFA in Illustration program, we are working hard to make our blog 'Squint' more useful to our students and general audience with more frequent updates, and information that is easy to navigate. The latest improvement to the site is the new Testimonials page where you can find all of our (very successful) alumni's experiences and praise collected in one easy-to-read place. Browse our alumni and ascociates' testimonials  here, now!


New Agent for Lori

Hartford MFA alumni Lori Ann Levy-Holm (class of 2009) has recently signed with literary agent, Jodell Sadler, of Sadler Children's Literary!

In this blog post, Sadler interviews Lori about her work and career:

How I Got My Agent

You can see more of Lori's work on her website:


"Jimmy Loves Juice"

Thesis project of MFA student David Yee (Class of 2014), an animated short film called "Jimmy Loves Juice," has several upcoming screenings on the film festival circuit, listed below. You can also find more information on the project here:

Costa Rica International Film Festival
July 23 - July 27 2014
El Sano Banano Village Hotel & Amor De Mar Hotel
Montezuma, Costa Rica

San Francisco Frozen Film Festival 
Best of Animation: Friday, July 18th 10:55pm  
The Roxie Theatre
3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103 

13th Annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas
July 10 - July 17 2014
Angelika Film Center of Dallas
5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 230
Dallas, TX 75206



Illustrating Our Landmarks 2014

MFA Alumni Anthony Calandra (Class of 2013) is participating in a show hanging right now at the Society of Illustrators titled 'Illustrating Our Landmarks'. Anthony has 3 oil pastel paintings hanging in the show which is curated by HAS alum Leslie Cober Gentry. The show also includes work from several HAS faculty including Murray Tinkelman, Chris Spollen, Daniel Pelavin, & Ted & Betsy Lewin. 
You can read more about 'Illustrating Our Landmarks' here, though the Anthony's landmark was St Patricks Cathedral, not St John the Divine as noted in the article. 

"Scuffy- A Scarecrow's Tale" Accepted by 3x3

Alumni Greg Newbold (class of 2009) has had a series of illustrations created during his time with the Hartford MFA program accepted into this year's 3x3 Illustration Picture Book Annual. Though the personal project does not yet have a publisher, this admission is some well-deserved and prestigeous recognition for the work. The graphic design for this picture book was done by fellow Hartford MFA graduate Val Paul Taylor (class of 2010).

Find out more about "Scuffy- A Scarecrow's Tale" on Greg's blog.



A Student Tradition Continued

In 2012, at the suggestion of Student Scott Murphy (Class of 2014), a new tradition began. During each contact period of their MFA journey, Hartford students now find time to gather for a private karaoke session where they bond in song.

This picture is from the most recent Dallas/Ft Worth contact period, and is the largest karaoke group to date.




Frogfolio & Other Assignments of John S. Dykes

MFA alumni John S. Dykes has been hard at work on several recent illustration assignments, featured at left and below. The first (left) is from the upcoming Frogfolio Calendar, which will be available in September. Frog-lovers check back often; online ordering info to come.

You can see more of John's recent projects on his blog.
Paris sketchbook illustration for Johns Hopkins Magazine, Pam Li art director.
Illustration for American Airlines in flight magazine on the declining number of convertibles being produced. Art directed by David Radabaugh.
A recent section cover for Barron's for an article on investing for retirement. Pam Budz, art director.