The Typewriter

Congratulations to one of our Thesis Advisors, Bill Thomson, whose self-authored, wordless picture book The Typewriter will be published this March, 2016!

"When three children discover a typewriter on a carousel, they are transported on an adventure of their own creation—complete with a giant beach ball and a threatening crab. Stunning, richly colored artwork is paired with limited text so children can tell their own version of the story."

The Typewriter is third in the series, that includes Chalk and Fossil, published by Two Lions.


James O'Brien (Class of 2008) Piece in Quanta Magazine

MFA alumnus James O'Brien (Class of 2008) has created an animated illustration for an article in Quanta Magazine on 'Big Data's Mathematical Mysteries.' The moving illustration is featured below.


You can read the full article here:


Thanksgiving Weekend Fun at the Normal Rockwell Museum with Ted and Betsy Lewin

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun

Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Glendale Road

Stockbridge, MA  01262


Saturday, November 28

1pm to 4pm

How to Babysit a Leopard:

Adventures in Art with Illustrators Ted and Betsy Lewin  

Meet artists Ted and Betsy Lewin, two beloved authors and illustrators of award-winning books for children. Each has received the Caldecott Honor—Ted in 1994 for Elisa Bartone’s Peppe the Lamplighter, and Betsy in 2001 for Doreen Cronin’s Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type—and, collectively, they have written and/or illustrated nearly 200 books.


World travelers, they have also led lives of adventure that have taken them to every corner of the world. These are the subjects of their recent collaboration, How to Babysit a Leopard: And Other True Stories from our Travels Across Six Continents. Learn about the places they’ve visited, which have inspired their art, and create an artwork of your own inspired by far-away places. A book signing will follow. A special installation of their original picture book art will be on view!



Meet Illustrators Ted and Betsy Lewin

Travel through time and around the world with Ted and Betsy Lewin during this special behind-the-scenes look at the new memoir that tells the story of their exceptional experiences as artists and travelers. A book signing will follow the talk.

(Stockbridge Room Gallery)



Drawing and Reading with Ted and Betsy Lewin

Read and draw along with Ted and Betsy Lewin, who will share passages from their favorite books and demonstrate how they bring stories to life.

(Museum Classroom)


"Another 1,000 Days of Drawing"

We've heard from many prominent illustrators that the time in their careers when they have been most gratified has followed a personal, self-initiated project. Class of 2015's Chris Piascik has been posting a drawing on his website every Monday-Friday since the end of 2007, a personal project that he credits his illustration career to.

In 2012 he published a book featuring the first 1,000 drawings and, the other day, Chris reached number 2,000! He plans on publishing his second book featuring drawings 1,001-2000 and is looking for support via Kickstarter to help fund the production of the book.


Julia Y (Class of 2015) Exhibiting in Seattle.

Julia Y (class of 2015) currently has 14 pieces of mixed-media illustration on exhibit in Seattle. This work includes some illustrations from her schooling at University of Hartford and new work created since graduation. Work can be viewed in person and original art and reprints can be purchased online. 

Her mixed media process integrated sewing and painting. She utilizes shapes of cut fabric, patterns and textures, literal splashes of color, linear elements rendered in thread, and areas of detailed painting. Saturated colors, found materials, geometric shapes, angles, curves, and swirls are used to depict a highly stylized representation of reality.

Also, tentacles. Lots and lots of tentacles.

In her ongoing series of “Sea Critters” Julia has taken inspiration from marine life. The animals depicted are real, yet have appearances that are weirder than any fictional creature.

Located at: Solo Bar- 200 Roy St, Suite 104, Seattle, Washington 98109
On view: October 04- December 05, 2015
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Creative Quarterly 41 Winners

CQ41 Winners Announced: WOW, it's wonderful to see the names of so many current students and alumni! Congratulations Q. Cassetti, Scott Bakal, David Hohn, Christopher Lyles, Dave Szalay, Alyssa Menold, Andrew Nilsen, Brian Bowes and Eric Wieringa!


Interview with Christine Kornacki

Class of 2016's Christine Kornacki was interviewed by her agent at CATugeau: Artist Agency. Christine shares her experiences as a student in the program and how it has impacted her career and artistic growth.

She is a true representation of what our program is all about!

You can read the full interview here.