50 Markets of Illustration

Last week, visiting faculty John Roman released his first book, 50 Markets of Illustration, an informational book for freelance illustrators or recent graduates looking to break into a new market. The book features the work of several Hartford Art School Illustrators, both faculty and staff. If you've ever wondered what a particular field of illustration entails, and what the work itself looks like, then this is the book for you.

Buy the book here:   http://www.mydesignshop.com/50-markets-of-illustration

Like the book on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/50marketsofillustration

Map Illustration represented by Mario Zucca (Class of 2013)


SciFi/Fantasy Illustration represented by Murray Tinkelman




Chasing the Moon with Ryan Maguire (Class of 2012)

This past Winter Hartford MFA alumus Ryan Maguire (class of 2012) opened MADink, an Illustration design studio in Saunderstown, RI. He has been working with local Narragansett author and former special needs teacher Ashley Richer, illustrating her first children's book, Tyler's Tall Tales - Chasing The MOON! The story takes place in Narragansett, RI and is fully illustrated!

Ashley and Ryan have started a crowd funding campaign to self-publish which has raised over 50% of their goal in just 1 month! The book will combine core educational curriculum components and is intended to be used in class for literacy and imagination studies. Ashley will be attending the Rhode Island Independent Author Expo this November at The Warwick Civic Center.
Ryan is working to share the attached press release with anyone involved in teaching and community programs. He asks anyone who is interested in supporting the project to please forward the press release to their colleagues in education.
For more information on the book, or to donate to the project, follow the links below!

Tyler's Tall Tales Crowd-funding Campaign: http://www.gofundme.com/TylersTALLtales 

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/tylersTALLtales 

TWITTER: @MADink401 #Author #AshleyRicher #tylersTALLtales #CHASINGtheMOON #Literacy #Illustration #RhodeIsland #imagination #innovation



Ursula Roma Metal Works & MarthaStewart.com


MFA Alumnus Ursula Roma (class of 2011) is featured on Martha Stewart's Website as a part of the 'American Made' contest which honors and celebrates makers, small business owners, and entrepenuers from accross the country. The winner will receive $10,000 to grow their business, a place in the Martha Stewart American Made Market, and more! Ursula's entry page includes a gallery of her work, a detailed interview/questionaire, and the video embedded above.

To read the full entry and to vote for Ursula's work, follow this link: http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/95250/design/ursula-roma-metal-works

Don't forget to hit 'Share' at the bottom of the page as well, and encourage your entire network to vote for Ursula!

Botn Ursula's two-dimensional and three-dimentional work is for sale on her Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ooosala 

Good luck, Ursula!!


Do You Collect Stamps? We Collect Stamp-Designers.

Head to your local post office today, and buy the newly issued Janis Joplin stamp designed by our very beloved faculty member, Daniel Pelavin! The Hatford MFA program enjoys the company of many stamp-designers, actually! Alumnus Ron Spears, Class of 2009, recently designed the Nevada State Stamp, available now. Our wonderful Q Cassetti, also Class of 2009, did the Love stamp this year. Plus, another beloved faculty member, Nancy Stahl has, many stamps to her credit. Collect them all!  



Contact Period Hartford (2014) Photos

Photos of our students during the recent two week intensive contact period in Hartford, CT have been posted under the 'PROJECTS + PICTURES' tab. There are so many photos of our students' learning experience that the gallery takes up a full two pages.

To view the photos, which include depictions of student lectures, classroom demonstrations, and hanging of the senior thesis exhibition, you can go to the 'PROJECTS + PICTURES' tab at the top of your page, or follow this link.

Photos taken by Ronni Mitten.


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: