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!!


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:


"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