Brad Albright (Class of 2013) : "Love, Death + the Desert"

Brad Albright (Class of 2013) having a three-man gallery show with artists Justin Clumpner and Brian Crawford, and would love to invite you this Thursday, Feb 27th at Kettle Art Gallery in Deep Ellum.  I'm proud and excited to display my graduate MFA work and complete Texan Gothic series of pulp Western illustrations in retro Red/Blue 3D. 

Opening reception is Thursday, February 27th, 7-10 p.m. The exhibit runs through March 15th.

Official Release:
Kettle Art proudly presents "Love, Death + the Desert," featuring new works by Brad Albright, Brian Crawford, and Justin Clumpner. The show explores the artists' understanding of conflict, loss, and spirituality, each through his own unique perspective.

The following brief video interviews present each artist's take on this exhibition.
Brad Albright -
Brian Crawford -
Justin Clumpner -


Kettle Art
2650-B Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75226

Brad Albright
Illustrator / Designer

"Baseball, Rodeos, and Automobiles: The Art of Murray Tinkelman"

"Baseball, Rodeos, and Automobiles: The Art of Murray Tinkelman"

March 15 through June 15, 2014

The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA

Explore the award-winning art of Murray Tinkelman, a Hall of Fame illustrator whose pen-and-ink drawings have captured the essence of the American experience for more than six decades. The artist’s work has appeared in such national publications as Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and have been commissioned by The National Park Service and The U.S. Air Force, among others. An exceptional educator, he has inspired generations of illustrators at Syracuse University and in the Hartford Art School Low Residency MFA in Illustration program. Baseball, rodeos, classic cars, Native American culture, and other themes that inspire the artist’s passionate, life-long interest will be reflected in the works on view.

Meet Murray Tinkelman during the Special Exhibition Opening Event to be held Saturday, March 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m. 

This event is sponsored by the Norman Rockwell Museum and Free for members or $20 for not-yet-members. 

RSVP by March 7: or call 413-931-2221

Download the invitation to the exhibition opening here.

Visit Norman Rockwell Museum for more info

Artist’s website:


Q. Cassetti (Class of 2009)

Congratulations to Q. Cassetti (Class of 2009) whose Cut Paper Heart stamp was recently released. Here are some snippits from Q's blog highlighting all the events around the release:

First off, there is this sweet, sweet article by Hilary Oswald on the stamp. I have the most fun talking with Hilary about the stamp and inevitably, about a lot of stuff--and she took all of our verbal scraps and wrote this touching article that made me tear up (just a little). I was so thrilled to see her energy in the piece--which captured my thinking and emotions around getting this amazing project with such a kind >> generous art director, Antonio Alcala. I am not one to squeal, but it was close with this article (plus, look at what a bang up job they did with the layout of the article). Love all around!

Heart with a History by Hilary Oswald

There is a lovely overview on the stamp here:
Cut Paper Heart

And should you want to buy a sheet or a commemorative goody to fill those needs:
USPS Celebration of Love! Please note that they have  First Day of Issue programs, Covers, sheets of stamps, big collectible sheets of is quite impressive. All are ready to buy in advance of the 21st. and will not be shipped out until then.

The first day of issue is going to be celebrated at the Time Warner Building in NYC.


Greg Newbold (Class of 2009)

Congratulations to Greg Newbold (Class of 2009), here reposted from his blog , are the details of his Gold Medal Award from the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles:

I am pleased and honored to announce that my painting "Grasshopper Hunter" has been awarded a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles. It will hang in the Illustrators 52 show to be held from March 7-30 at the Center Stage Gallery in Burbank, California as well as on the SILA website. The piece was created for Boys' Life Magazine and continues to be the most awarded piece I have done to date after being accepted into the Society of Illustrators, Spectrum and 3x3 illustration annuals. This award is the first Gold Medal of my career prompting my wife to ask what it feels like to be a twenty year overnight success. Well, honestly, it feels pretty good. Thank you to the esteemed jurors who I am sure had some pretty tough choices based on the number of extremely talented artists I know whose work was not accepted. Having been on the other side of the equation, all too often it seems, I feel for you my friends. A big thank you to Alyce Heath and everyone at SILA, I am very grateful for this honor.


Scott Ouderkirk (Class of 2007)

Follow this link to watch a video that shares an insight to Scott Ouderkirk's development as an artist, how he got there and where he is now. Courtesy of the Artist.

More info can be foudn on his website:


Ryan Maguire (Class of 2012) in The South County Independent

By Kristen Tomaiolo Features Editor | Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 8:15 am

NARRAGANSETT — For as long as Ryan Maguire can remember, he has wanted to try everything – nothing is off the table. So, it only makes sense that he carries this uninhibited attitude into his artwork.

As he got older, Maguire began to see the value in the work he was doing. With every project, he’d take an idea and do anything he could creatively to execute it.

But it wasn’t until graduate school that Maguire started to understand what he truly loved about his art and what he could do with it.

“What I didn’t realize until now is that I like to tell stories through the art,” Maguire said. “Going through graduate school helped me realize that you could do all [sorts of] things. You don’t have to just do commercial work; you don’t have to just do sub-culture underground stuff. You have to figure out who you are. When you figure that out, a lot of the work comes totally natural.”

Maguire’s collection of prints and mixed-media art is on display through Jan. 13 in an exhibit entitled MADink at OneWay Gallery, 140 Boon St., Narragansett. Some work featured in the exhibit includes: graduate school work, high velocity art and a “Legends of Hope” series, which is debuting in this show.

Maguire earned a master’s of fine art in illustration in 2012 from the University of Hartford, in Hartford, Conn. As part of his thesis work, Maguire spent two years studying and developing ideas to raise awareness for various topics. In his “Legends of Hope” series, each drawing represents a spirit, resembling a monster, that protects certain areas. Being a native Rhode Islander, Maguire wanted to tie the state into his artwork, so the spirits protect different Rhode Island areas, like Sachuest Point.

“They’re trying to serve and protect these areas from development or pollution. I think it’s using illustration to raise some awareness,” he said.

While in school, the ad agency Small Army asked Maguire to illustrate Be Bold, Be Bald!, a national fundraising event where anyone can wear bald cap for a day on the third Friday in October to honor cancer survivors. One of Maguire’s designs was used on a billboard in Boston. The outdoor design won a merit award at the 2013 Boston Hatch Awards. The awards, which recognize individuals who achieve excellence, are run by The Ad Club, a trade organization for marketing, advertising and communications in New England.

The unique pieces that command attention in Maguire’s exhibit are digital collages, which were named “high velocity art” by his fellow graduate students. He considers the illustration its own genre. Most of this work is of professional athletes – Tom Brady, David Ortiz and Rob Gronkowski – and a few were used as covers for DigBoston magazine.

Maguire said people thought the collages “looked weird,” because each picture is a combination of hundreds of images, which tricks the eye into thinking the image is animated.

But that’s just how all of Maguire’s work looks – dynamic, expressive, non-stop.

“I would do all these crazy line drawings. I think that’s just how my mind works,” Maguire said.

For much of his work, Maguire enjoys working on location. He is inspired by the people, places and things around him. With just a sketchbook and ink, Maguire quickly created several sketches of scenes like Occupy Boston, the 2012 Boston Marathon finish line and the research vessel Endeavor at the University of Rhode Island Bay Campus in Narragansett.

“Drawing on location and just talking to someone, it just gives so much value to [the art],” Maguire said. “It’s made awesome work.”

For the last year, Maguire has been teaching graphic design at the Community College of Rhode Island Newport campus; he teaches from his own experience on the creative process and how to position oneself.

But with the definition of art constantly changing with time and technology, Maguire feels he learns as much from his students as they do from him.

“I think one thing that students teach me is to embrace what is here because it’s not going to go anywhere,” he said.

A few months ago, Maguire opened a studio and small gallery space, MADInk in Saunderstown, where he hopes to mentor and collaborate with other artists, showcase and sell his work, and work on projects.

“Imagined if I said, ‘No’?,” Maguire posed to himself about his billboard design. “I think a lot of my art work is in the moment. There’s nothing worse than a missed opportunity. How things line up, you just have to pay attention to them and keep it rolling.”


MADink (exhibit)

Through Jan. 14

Wednesday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

OneWay Gallery

140 Boon St., Narragansett

MADInk (studio and gallery)

4 Ferry Road, Saunderstown

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by appointment




Jan Michael Barlow (Class of 2015)

Jan Michael Barlow (Class of 2015) recently created a CD cover for the Portland based band Sunrunner. Read the recent album review in the Portland Press Herald.