Student Recaps Contact Period NYC

New MFA student Emily Holt (Class of 2016) has recapped her experience during the 2014 Contact Period NYC on her blog! Her post details student activities and includes a list of guest speakers with links to their websites and more information. It is a wonderfully informative read, and an exclusive look into the graduate student experience at the Hartford MFA program. To read the full post (complete with pictures, or course), follow this link.



Students Have a Photoshoot During NYC Contact Period, 2014

While in New York City for their November 2014 Contact Period, students had a photoshoot at the home of faculty members Ted and Betsy Lewin in Brooklyn. More photos from the big trip to come!


Faculty Member Dennis Nolan Receives Positive Review from New York Times

This Sunday's New York Times Book Review has some very positive words about MFA faculty member Dennis Nolan's new book, Hunters of the Great Forest.

If “Fox’s Garden” is like a haiku, then “Hunters of the Great Forest,” by Dennis Nolan...[is] perhaps more like [an] epic poem. “Hunters of the Great Forest” is almost a traditional hero’s-journey story, as a group of tiny hunters travel in search of their surprising and funny prize. There is a whimsical, fairy-tale feeling to the art, which is reminiscent of Johnny Gruelle’s classic Raggedy Ann books." The cunning, red-nosed characters are captivating; one of the most exciting spreads of the book features the creatures simply creeping in a darkened vista with their elongated shadows attached to them like black insects.

But the book’s greatest charm and poetic achievement is in offering a new point of view. The detailed world of these bug-size creatures is immediately enveloping; readers will nervously begin to imagine dangers in the textures of the tree bark. The frightening realities of being minuscule in a big world are, however, counterbalanced by the great joys of a small pleasure at the end (no spoiler here!).

Available in hardcover or on your kindle through Amazon:

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Ryan Maguire's (Class of 2012) Illustration is Suitable for Space

MADink's illustration goes deep space with Melanie Saunders, Arts & Living Editor of South County Independent and the University of Rhode Island in Suitable for Space: URI professor on a Mission to Reinvent Clothes for Astronauts, as part of the official 100 Year Starship Project (  

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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.

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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: 

Facebook Page: 

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



Ursula Roma Metal Works &


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:

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: 

Good luck, Ursula!!